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First Concrete Delivery For MEA's Power Block Building Arrives
Eklutna Generation Station On Schedule
Construction of Matanuska Electric Association’s Eklutna Generation Station continues moving forward on schedule and on budget, with the first concrete truck for construction of the power block building base mat foundation arriving on-site on Tuesday April 2. The power block building will house the engines, generators, and support equipment for the $265 million generation facility.
When operational on January 1, 2015, EGS will produce 170 megawatts of power for the customers of Alaska’s oldest and second-largest electrical utility.
The plant will be operated primarily on natural gas, but in case of interruption to the gas supply, advanced technology will enable the engines to switch smoothly while operating to an alternative fuel, in this case diesel. “In the event of a natural disaster such as an earthquake, these engines can switch fuels without a hiccup,” states MEA General Manager Joe Griffith.