Seminole Electric selects firm to design new coal-fired power plant

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Seminole Electric Cooperative of Tampa, Fla., has selected Burns & McDonnell to design a new $1.2 billion coal-fired power plant. To be known as Seminole Generating Station Unit 3, it will have a capacity of 750 megawatts and be built alongside existing generating units in Palatka, Fla.

Burns & McDonnell is currently supporting Seminole's permitting efforts. Detailed design will be in full swing by the second quarter of 2007. Construction will start in October 2008 and completion is scheduled for May 2012.

"It takes a long time — and a lot of people — to design and build a coal-fired power plant," said Ray Kowalik, general manager of the Burns & McDonnell Energy Group. "At our peak, we will have 90 people working on the project, and more than 150 of our employee-owners will play a part in this project.

"For this project and others we hope to announce soon, the Burns & McDonnell Energy Group will be adding more than 100 staff members over the next four years."

In addition to detailed design services, Burns & McDonnell will be providing construction field services for the power plant.

Seminole's entire investment tops out at more than $1.6 billion as it will be spending more than $400 million to install new environmental controls at the existing units at the station. After Unit 3 goes online, there will be no net increase in emissions of sulfur dioxide or nitrogen oxide. For more details about the environmental performance upgrades, what the project will mean for local area jobs and how Seminole is planning to involve the public in this process, please go to its Web site at

About Seminole

Seminole is based in Tampa. Its members together serve 1.6 million individuals and businesses through more than 800,000 meter connections in 46 of Florida's 67 counties. Seminole Generating Station currently supplies about 65 percent of Seminole's members' energy needs. Purchased power contracts with other utilities and independent power producers supplement owned resources. Expanding Seminole Generating Station will meet about half of the Cooperative's forecasted need for new capacity in 2012. In addition to the Seminole Generating Station, the cooperative has a 500-megawatt, natural gas-fueled generating station in Hardee County and owns a 14-megawatt share of the Crystal River 3 nuclear plant. Under Florida's standards for renewable resources, the Cooperative has contracts providing 57 megawatts of "green energy," which will increase to 77 megawatts in the near future.