MORRISTOWN, N.J. — The Louis Berger Group, Inc. (Louis Berger) has won a contract to help rebuild the Satala Power Plant in Pago Pago, American Samoa, destroyed in the September 2009 tsunami. The contract, awarded by the American Samoa Power Authority (ASPA), is part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s three-tiered approach to replacing the plant, which previously provided 60 percent of Pago Pago’s power generation capacity and served approximately 30,000 customers.
Louis Berger will provide the engineering and plant design, equipment procurement, and installation and commissioning of the power generation and ancillary electrical equipment. The major equipment will include seven primary generators, two emergency back-up generators, switchgear assembly, two station transformers and motor control centers. The newly installed equipment at the completed plant will contain a capacity of 24.5 megawatts.
"The Louis Berger Group has designed, installed, operated and maintained power generation and distributed power systems at more than 15 locations on four continents over the past five years,” said Ray Mardini, P.E., associate vice president of Louis Berger’s Global Operations Energy Systems business unit. “Our proven experience as a turn-key power projects and equipment provider will enable us to successfully complete this extremely important project in the South Pacific for the people of American Samoa.”
Louis Berger’s assignment is expected to reduce ASPA’s total plant lifecycle costs by supplying highly fuel-efficient, low-maintenance power generation equipment. The new equipment, combined with the technical support and training that Louis Berger will provide, will enable ASPA to reliably operate the power plant for years to come.
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