Coal-Fired Reference Plants: Project Benefits

by Clyde B. Tatum, (M.ASCE), Construction Superintendent; Ebasco Services, Inc., Elma, Wash.,
D.J. Bracey, Sr. Business Representative; Ebasco Services, Inc., Portland, Oreg.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Energy Division, 1982, Vol. 108, Issue 1, Pg. 49-57

Document Type: Journal Paper


It is expected that requirements for new electric generating capacity will necessitate shortened engineering and construction schedules for future coal fired projects. The reference plant approach, as described in this paper, is one means of meeting this challenge. Under this method, conceptual design information in the form of preengineered arrangements and system design descriptions is available at project inception. This data supports both earlier licensing submittals and earlier initiation of detailed design. The reference plant approach therefore provides for a more orderly design process and also presents benefits of improved constructibility. This paper describes the engineering/design process under this approach and the major elements of the reference plant package for a 600 MW(e) unit. Project cost and schedule benefits are also presented.

Subject Headings: Coal | Non-renewable energy | Project management | Construction engineering | Scheduling | Engineering profession | Conceptual design | Licensure and certification

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