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Burns & McDonnell Completes Construction of Three West Texas Energy Storage Projects Delivering 60 MWh of Capacity

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Jan. 19, 2022) — Burns & McDonnell has completed construction of three 10-MW/20-MWh lithium-ion battery energy storage systems (BESS) in West Texas. The three project sites were constructed, commissioned and put into operation in just five months, delivering the project on schedule amid a volatile supply chain and logistics market.

The batteries are designed as stand-alone energy resources to provide support for the Texas power grid as it experiences fluctuations in supply and demand. The addition of more renewable energy resources means a reduced likelihood of rolling blackouts. It also means reduced emissions, with no polluting elements in the battery configurations.

Battery containers. Courtesy: Burns & McDonnell

The integrated engineer-procure-construct (EPC) team overcame many challenges, including an unseasonably rainy summer in West Texas, impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic, and congestion at maritime ports and customs. To maintain schedule the team worked weekends and closely communicated with suppliers and logistics partners to deliver the project on time.

“Battery energy storage projects are fast-paced and maintaining schedule was vital to getting the project online and providing Texas customers with reliable power.” says Sara Graziano, partner and investment committee chair at Sustainable Environmental Renewable (SER) Capital Partners. “Having a battery provider with a deep understanding of their technology working together with an integrated EPC contractor who understands the system integration requirements was vital to this project being delivered on time.”

“I’m excited about what we accomplished with LG Energy Solution and SER on this project,” says Matt Domeier, director of EPC storage at Burns & McDonnell. “The battery storage units will provide reliable and resilient energy to West Texas.”

Batteries being installed into containers. Courtesy: Burns & McDonnell

Burns & McDonnell ranks among the top 10 design firms in the U.S. and is No. 1 in Power, according to Engineering News-Record (ENR) magazine. Additionally, the firm also ranks among the top 10 design-build firms in the nation.

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