Canadian Manufacturing

SNC awarded contract to build 755 megawatt power plant in Maryland

Power project becomes third northeastern U.S. contract won by Canadian E&C giant in recent years

July 22, 2015  by Canadian Staff

MONTREAL—SNC-Lavalin has been awarded the engineering, procurement and construction contract for the Keys Energy Center project, a 755-megawatt combined-cycle natural gas-fired power project located in Prince George’s County, Maryland.

The Keys Energy Centre was recently acquired by PSEG Power, a subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group. The company previously said the the plant represents an investment of US$825 to $875 million and is targeted to be completed and supplying energy to the state of Maryland in 2018. PSEG will oversee the construction and then operate and maintain the combined-cycle plant.

“We’re proud to be part of the PSEG Keys Energy Center project because it will provide clean energy to Maryland, make the energy grid more reliable, and create new jobs and economic opportunity in the region,” Mike Ranz, senior vice-president, of thermal at SNC, said. “The project is the third that SNC-Lavalin has won in the northeastern United States in recent years and solidifies our position as a leader in the US power market.”

SNC said the plant will connect to the Potomac Electric Power Company’s 500-kilovolt transmission line, adjacent to the property, and will feature two gas-fired turbines and one steam turbine. The plant is expected to generate approximately 700 jobs during construction, and more than 20 permanent jobs will be created to run the new plant once it becomes operational in 2018.


“SNC-Lavalin is committed to delivering outstanding performance and continually strengthening our project execution capabilities,” Sandy Taylor, president of power at SNC, said. “Through projects such as the PSEG Keys Energy Center, we will continue to use our engineering know-how to execute projects that make a difference.”