KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Burns & McDonnell is supporting Buckeye Partners, L.P. (Buckeye) as the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for a new 164-MW solar energy project. The project — located in Hill County, Texas, between Waco and Dallas — is part of Buckeye’s energy transition strategy, bringing additional solar generation capacity to the company’s portfolio.
As an integrated EPC contractor, Burns & McDonnell will be responsible for the full scope of the project including design, construction, startup and commissioning. The project scope also includes construction of a new 345-kV interconnection substation to prepare the energy to be distributed via the utility transmission system.
“We are fortunate to be working with forward-thinking innovators in our industry, like Buckeye, to uniquely capture market opportunities in the renewables space,” said Mark Swanson, vice president for refining, logistics, midstream and chemicals in the Oil, Gas & Chemical Group at Burns & McDonnell.
The project will include more than 360,000 First Solar modules and is anticipated to generate enough energy to power over 28,000 homes annually. Construction started in April 2022 and is expected to be complete by the first quarter of 2023.
“This new solar energy site demonstrates Buckeye’s continued focus on energy diversity and lower-carbon solutions to enhance our long-term sustainability while meeting our customers’ evolving needs,” said Todd Russo, CEO of Buckeye. “As a world-class EPC contractor, Burns & McDonnell is the right partner to help us advance this critical initiative.”
“This project is a fitting example of a company penetrating the renewable energy market, and we’re excited to support Buckeye in that effort,” said Adam Bernardi, renewables business development lead of the Energy group at Burns & McDonnell.
Learn more about Burns & McDonnell’s integrated EPC approach to delivering renewable projects.
About Buckeye Partners, L.P.
Buckeye Partners, L.P., a wholly owned investment of the IFM Global Infrastructure Fund, owns and operates a diversified global network of integrated assets providing liquid petroleum product logistics solutions. Across every aspect of the business — including its approximately 5,500 miles of domestic pipeline, more than 115 liquid petroleum products terminals and over 125 million barrels of tank capacity — Buckeye focuses on responsibly providing world-class service to meet the changing energy needs of its customers. As part of this business priority and commitment to its customers, Buckeye is increasingly diversifying its platform to advance energy transition initiatives and decarbonization efforts. For more information about Buckeye and its ESG efforts, visit buckeye.com.
About Burns & McDonnell
Burns & McDonnell is a family of companies bringing together an unmatched team of 10,000 engineers, construction and craft professionals, architects, and more to design and build our critical infrastructure. With an integrated construction and design mindset, we offer full-service capabilities. Founded in 1898 and working from more than 60 offices globally, Burns & McDonnell is 100% employee owned. Learn how we are designed to build.