Environmental Power today announced that it has reached agreement with the Benham Companies, LLC of St. Louis, Missouri, to provide design and construction services for the previously announced anaerobic digester project at the JBS/Swift Grand Island, Nebraska beef processing facility. The 235,000 mmbtu/year biogas project will provide biogas to replace a portion of the natural gas currently used at the Grand Island facility.
Under this agreement Benham will provide Microgy, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Environmental Power, with a Guaranteed Maximum Price for the final design and construction of the JBS/Swift biogas plant. Subsequent adoption of definitive agreements between the parties should allow the company to commence construction of the Grand Island facility in November. The agreement also allows for Microgy and Benham to conduct negotiations allowing Benham to design and construct other anaerobic digester projects for Microgy once definitive agreements have been executed for the Grand Island facility.
Benham is an architectural and engineering design, design/build and life- cycle technology implementation firm that serves federal government and Fortune 500(R) commercial customers. Benham is a subsidiary of Science Applications International Corporation .
“We are pleased to have reached this milestone, not only because it represents important progress on the JBS/Swift project, but because Benham brings significant design, engineering and construction experience to Microgy’s Team,” said Michael Hvisdos, Executive Vice President of Microgy. “Benham has completed 12 projects with similar size and scope of the project at Grand Island, and we are very comfortable that they have the capability to execute this project as well as other Microgy projects in our development pipeline.”
“Through this multi-project construction approach to the build-out of our portfolio, we will no longer be performing construction management activities in-house, but will focus on our strengths – conceptual design and facility operation – and leave to selected construction firms the responsibility to engineer and construct a regional group of our facilities to our specifications,” stated Richard Kessel, President and CEO of Environmental Power. “This will provide economies of scale as we build our projects in parallel on an accelerated basis, and remove much of the risk associated with non-performance by individual vendors. We also believe that this disciplined process will assure more certainty on project returns, provide the expected long term stable revenue base from our facilities sooner, and differentiate us from other development companies.”
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Environmental Power Corporation is a developer, owner and operator of renewable energy production facilities. Its principal operating subsidiary, Microgy, Inc., holds an exclusive license in North America for the development and deployment of a proprietary anaerobic digestion technology for the extraction of methane gas from animal wastes for its use to generate energy. For more information visit the Company’s web site at http://www.environmentalpower.com.
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