Blythe Energy, LLC (1998-2003)
Client Contact - Earl Gjelde, Director,
Summit Energy Group
Summit Engineering completed the siting and
initial development activities for this proposed 520 MW combined
cycle power plant to be located near Blythe, CA. Siting activities
included an assessment of electrical interconnection requirements,
water requirements and availability, natural gas interconnection,
site access, permitting constraints, and feasibility cost
assessment. Summit is continuing in a Project Management role for
this $400 million project.
SMARR Power Project (1998-2000)
Client Contact - Lee Foley, Project
Manager, Oglethorpe Power Corp.
Summit Engineering is providing on-going
consulting services for the development, engineering, construction
and operation of the 217 MW SMARR Power Project located near Macon,
GA. Services include construction management, negotiation of gas
construction and contracts, assessment of remote operations, and
other tasks. The project is scheduled for commercial operation in
June of 1999.
St Francis II Power Plant (1998-2000)
Client Contact - Gary Fulks, Associated
Electric Cooperative, Inc.
Summit Engineering provided a feasibility and
cost assessment for the 260 MW St. Francis II addition to the St.
Francis I project located in Southeast, Missouri. The analysis
looked at existing infrastructure of the St. Francis I facility, and
determined the ability to use common facilities and reduce the costs
for installation of the St. Francis II facility. The analysis also
looked at operation and maintenance costs for a single unit verses
the cost of the additional unit.
Muck Valley Hydroelectric Project
Client Contact - Bob Mooney, President -
Malacha Power Project, Inc.
Summit completed a new operations model for the
32.5 MW Muck Valley Hydroelectric Project to maximize revenues for
the sale of capacity and energy to PG&E in Northern California. The
model uses daily energy pricing from the California PX to help
optimize operations at the Muck Valley facility, which has the
ability to use off-stream storage to regulate generation.
Bogus Basin Ski Resort Phase 1a Improvements
Client Contact - Mike Shirley, General
Manager Bogus Basin Recreational Association, Inc.
Summit Engineering completed the permitting,
engineering design and construction management for $3 million in
improvements at the Bogus Basin Ski Resort in the summer of 1996.
The improvements included:
Development of new Beginners ski run and lift involving
excavation and placement of over 150,000 cy of earth and rock
of engineered fill involving excavation and compaction of 65,000
cy of material, replacement of wetland area, installation of new
sub-drainage and storm drainage system and various sanitary and
of existing ski lift with new high speed detachable quad lift.
The project required a complete EIS to be
performed to obtain a Special Use permit from the USFS, Joint Use
404 permit from the US COE and State DWR, stream alteration permit,
and other local permits. The improvements were completed on a fast
track schedule beginning on August 1 with substantial completion by
November 1 the same year. The ski resort opened with the first
available snow on December 4 with all facilities fully operational.
Summit used a innovative Partnership approach with the Contractor
and Owner to successfully complete the Project on-time within budget
El Oro Ranch Water Supply System & Civil
Client Contact - Paul Rebholtz, Manager El
Oro Cattle Feeders
Summit Engineering was retained to complete
the analysis and recommend improvements for an existing water supply
system and future expansion involving revised grading and utilities
for additional cattle pens. The existing water supply system is
composed of a series of wells and interconnecting distribution lines
serving over 143 cattle pens. The system is prone to line failures
and does not efficiently meet the water requirements of the cattle.
The ranch is also required to monitor the water quality of water
releases to the existing stream system and operate in accordance
with water quality restrictions.
Summit completed a field test of the existing
system, developed a PID and corresponding hydraulic analysis. The
system was optimized using alternative recommendations for phased
improvements to the system. These improvements included:
Re-operation of well system
New strategically placed interconnecting
Additional system storage
The Project is on-going with construction
scheduled for 1997
St. Francis No. 1 Combined Cycle Facility
Client Contact - Gary Fulks, Manager of
Planning & Engineering Associated Electric Cooperative, Inc.
Summit Engineering completed a feasibility
assessment for the 250 MW St. Francis combined cycle Project located
in southern Missouri. The assessment included an analysis of the
“balance of plant” for the 170 MW combustion turbine and 90 MW steam
turbine which involved water supply, structure foundations, water
and fuel storage, site containment, site access, and interconnection
facilities. The construction cost for the balance of plant
facilities is approximately $10 million. Summit prepared several
Project Agreements including the approximate $100 million EPC
contract which was executed between AECI and Siemens Power Corp. in
November, 1996. The Project will start construction in August of
1997. Summit completed the fuel supply agreement, the electrical
services agreement, and the operation and maintenance agreement
between the various parties. Summit has been retained to help
manage the Project EPC and O&M contracts.
Pit River Water control Structures (1994-96)
Client Contact - John Britten, Site Manager
for Big Valley Ranches
Summit Engineering was Project Manager for the
analysis, engineering and construction of several water retention
and control structures on the Pit River. The first project involved
installation of 1500 gpm well, water conveyance facilities, and
construction of shallow 25 acre pond for water storage and seasonal
wildlife habitat. Second project involved design, construction and
installation of regulating headgates on existing river dam The
gates are scheduled for installation in the spring of 1997. Summit
has been retained to perform construction management services.
Diversion Works Improvements (1995-97)
Client Contact - Bob Mooney, President
Malacha Power Project, Inc.
Summit has completed the permitting,
preliminary engineering & design for the improvements at a river
intake which include a 260 ft. long rubber dam and replacement of
existing trashracks. Summit completed the permitting at State and
Federal levels involving the US Fish & Wildlife, BLM, California
Fish & Game, and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The
engineering analysis utilized a physical model study of the existing
intake and diversion works completed at the Utah State Water
Research Facility at Logan, Utah. The analysis pointed out
hydraulic problems with the existing shallow intake that might be
resolved with additional submergence. Summit researched and
analyzed several systems that could cost effectively perform this
function and prepared the necessary permits including an Amendment
the FERC License Application. The projects are scheduled for final
engineering and construction in 1997.
Muck Valley Access Road to Collett
Client Contact - Bob Mooney, President Malacha
Power Project, Inc.
Mr. Looper was Project Manager for the
planning, permitting, design and construction of a 2 mile access
road through native volcanic terrain. The road involved obtaining a
BLM Special Use Permit for ROW through environmentally sensitive
lands. The road heavily used geotextile fabrics for support in
soft/unstable foundation soils consisting of volcanic ash deposits
Collett Reservoir Off-Stream Storage
Client Contact - Bill Leedy, Vice-President
Mr. Looper was Project Manager for the
development of a $15 million 7800 acre-ft., off-stream storage
reservoir in Northern California. The unique facility was designed
to store high spring flows in an off-steam reservoir for later
release to enhance the typically lower summer instream flows for
power generation and fisheries. Development responsibilities
included FERC and State permitting, engineering design, power sales
negotiation, construction financing, construction management,
project certification and operation. The dam construction involved
placement of 1 million cy of soil and processed rock materials. The
siting and permitting process involved completion of an NEPA & SEPA
environmental documents, securing water rights and resolving
protests, negotiating use of project lands and implementation of
public/private environmental mitigation plans.
The environmental mitigation involved three
unique projects including:
Establishment of floating duck and geese
nesting islands that fluctuated with the reservoir water surface
elevation and withstood winter icing and high wind conditions.
Establishing a new wetland area using seepage
from the dam and re-vegetation by collecting seeds and planting
EPA Category II type plant species in the new area.
Excavating and land farming soils potentially
contaminated with gas and hydraulic oil on site using chicken
manure for fertilizer/catalyst.
Pit River Basin Analysis (1989-1990)
Client Contact - Bob Mooney, President-Malacha
Power Project, Inc., Boise, ID
Mr. Looper was Project Manager for the
development of a basin-wide model to analyze the operation of
existing hydroelectric facilities and proposed off-steam storage
sites for enhancement of instream river flows and shaping of energy
generation. The project included development of an operations model
to permit evaluation under real time water supply conditions of
alternative river and hydroelectric project operation scenarios.
The Pit River flows 140 miles from the Northern California - Oregon
border to Lake Shasta draining a 4,000 sq. mile basin. The Pit
River serves seven major hydroelectric facilities, two wildlife
refuges, a significant number of irrigators, and is a critical
drainage to the Sacramento River which supply’s water throughout
California. The analysis included an inventory of existing water
rights, collection of historical hydrologic data for reservoirs and
streams in the basin (both USGS and private data), evaluation of
operations at existing hydroelectric and reservoir systems, and
assessment of best management practices for use of water in the
Upper Gunnison - Uncompahgre Basin Study
Client - Colorado Water Resources and Power
Development Authority, Denver, CO.
Mr. Looper was Project Manager for this
comprehensive basin study of the Upper Gunnison and Uncompahgre
River Basins. The purpose of the study was to evaluate the existing
and proposed uses of water within the basin including outside
diversions for water supply, recreation and wildlife/fisheries
enhancement. The project was critical in establishing in-basin
needs for water with a backdrop of water diversion filings from
growing communities on Colorado’s Eastern Slope. A complete
inventory of reservoirs and contributing streams was conducted
including their existing use and potential value for white-water
recreation, fishing & outdoor recreation, irrigation and municipal
water supply, and for enhancement of instream flows for fisheries