The power industry is one that has undergone -- and continues to undergo -- enormous changes. With an increased demand for energy services, a new reliance on an ever-changing palette of energy sources, and new challenges from an array of different entities and agencies, constructing power plants that are necessary to meet today's needs takes a strong and powerful leader within the industry. Crowder has a proven record that we can point to time and again, demonstrating our ability to tackle any building challenge we are faced with head on.
With our various teams working closely together, Crowder is able to deliver top-notch services across a diverse array of industries. Whether we are contracted to work on a nuclear power plant, a dam or a wastewater facility, you can count on Crowder to bring innovative solutions to the table. We have a number of teams that -- while they are within separate departments -- all work closely with one another when the parameters of the contract lend themselves to doing so. Some of these teams include electrical, energy, wastewater, and fabrication. The purpose of maintaining these teams within the structure of Crowder is to provide our customers with a continuity of quality, communication, and expertise that can be counted on.
As power plants reach the point when they must be retrofitted in order to meet demands for energy, environmental regulations or to handle new materials, Crowder is there. We perform a range of retrofits on power plants throughout the southeast region. We also provide the necessary maintenance on these existing power plants to ensure that they run as efficiently as possible while preventing costly shut-downs.
When it is time to plan a new power plant, Crowder has the ability to perform the job from start to finish. Our team works closely with regulators, site personnel, and project owners to draft a plan that meets or exceeds all minimum requirements. Procuring the site and performing the ground work necessary to give the power plant the stabilization it needs can be completed by our dedicated workforce. Our fabrication team is able to form the intricate parts necessary to ensure a properly working structure. Together, our Crowder teams work with one another -- and our customers -- to deliver timely solutions within deadline and budget.
The scope of work involved the demolition and removal of an existing railcar coal dump structure, a rotary car dumper, existing hoppers, an existing crusher building and an existing coal conveyor system located in and out of an existing rail receiving coal conveying tunnel. The following equipment was installed, a new railcar shaker bottom discharge unloading system, railcar positioning equipment, an in-line railcar scale system, a crusher tower building with associated crusher equipment, a sampling system structure, belt scales, transfer tower, dust suppression system, a dust collection system, electrical and control buildings and a receiving conveyor system. All major work was executed direct hire self-perform: demolition, civil, concrete, steel erection, equipment erection, mechanical, piping, electrical and instrumentation/control systems.
Crowder was selected by a landfill gas-to-energy developer, Methane Power, to be the design-build contractor for this new system. Crowder installed a gas conditioning and cleaning skid to interface with an existing collected, flare and compression system. In addition, Crowder installed three 1.1 MW GE Jenbacher 320 units with spark ignition engines. This design-build project created a public/private partnership between the private investor, who provided the funding, and the City of Durham, who owned the landfill. This project provided gas treatment that includes moisture removal, particulate filtration and the interface of a SCADA and monitoring system for the entire facility. Crowder was involved in all aspects of detailed design and permitting and self-performed 90 percent of the work. The project was completed ahead of schedule and within budget.
The scope of work for this project included Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) of a wastewater treatment facility to support the flue gas de-sulfurization project. This project scope included site work, roadways, storm drainage system, concrete foundations for the tanks and buildings, two pre-engineered buildings, a concrete bio-reactor, a concrete filtrate sump, two clarifiers, structural steel and fiberglass tanks. Crowder direct hired self-performed the major work, including underground piping and electrical, foundations, equipment erection, mechanical, piping, electrical and instrumentation/control systems.
Crowder successfully completed the 170-acre project at the Simon Solar Farm Photo Voltaic Plant in Social Circle, GA despite challenges such as the discovery of a vein of rock covering approximately 8 acres which resulted in the relocation and redesign of a portion of the work. The project was completed and online before the end of 2013 and is now operating at its full 30 megawatt capacity.