A new gas-fired combined cycle power plant in Alaska will be designed and constructed by Canadian firm SNC Lavalin.

Chugach Electric Association, Alaska’s largest electric utility, awarded the EPC contract for the 183 MW Southcentral power project in Anchorage, Alaska in July. It says that the project will be completed by the end of 2012.

SNC-Lavalin’s mandate includes engineering, balance of plant procurement and construction. Chugach Electric will purchase the power island equipment directly from the equipment suppliers for SNC Lavalin to install and commission with the balance of plant.

“We will be using GE LM6000-PF proven technology on this project, which will make the plant more fuel-efficient than the existing power plants currently operating in the region,” said Patrick Lamarre, Executive Vice President of SNC Lavalin.

Work has already started on the project, which will be 70 per cent owned by Chugach Electric and 30 per cent by Municipal Light & Power. Three firms competed for the EPC contract, according to Chugach.