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NAES Provides Pre-Commercial Services, Operations & Maintenance for Cutting-Edge Florida Biomass Plant

NAES provided greenfield and pre-commercial services for the Gainesville (Fla.) Renewable Energy Center (GREC), a 100-MW woody biomass plant, and then won the plant operations and maintenance (O&M) contract for the facility, which recently received recognition from Power Engineering magazine as one of the world’s best-designed and best-operated power projects.

NAES provided greenfield and pre-commercial services during construction, startup and commissioning of the Gainesville (Fla.) Renewable Energy Center (GREC), a 100-MW woody biomass plant. The company then won the plant operations and maintenance (O&M) contract for the GREC facility, which recently received recognition from Power Engineering magazine as one of the world’s best power projects. The magazine’s annual awards honor excellence in operation of power-generation facilities as well as design and construction.

Before winning the plant operations & maintenance (O&M) contract for GREC, NAES had supported the site's greenfield and pre-commercial phases with a range of services:

  • Organizational design and staffing
  • O&M budget development
  • Operability review of design
  • Operator training
  • Program development
  • Support of startup and commissioning
  • Spare parts selection and purchase
  • First operating year shakedown and process/equipment improvement

“Every organization engaged in GREC has taken great pride in execution,” said George Wackerhagen, Senior Vice President of Plant Operations for NAES. “This shows itself in design, equipment selection, construction, and now in startup/commissioning and initial operations. As part of the NAES fleet, GREC will benefit from our 25 years of continuous biomass operations experience and from the management of an experienced plant staff and support team focused on safety, compliance, reliability and cost.”

Owned by Energy Management Inc. (“EMI”), BayCorp Holdings and Starwood Energy, GREC utilizes waste wood materials as fuel. The environmentally friendly plant brings a reliable, sustainable and cost-effective source of electricity to the region, reducing dependence on fossil fuels.

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