Maryland Air Quality Control Systems Program – Dickerson Flue-Gas Desulfurization Project
Alpha 3 provided project management services, filling the role of Project Controls Manager for the scrubber installation at this 570-megawatt coal-fired power plant. One of three power plants under this $1.7-billion program, the scope of work included the engineering, procurement, and construction of a B&W flue-gas desulfurization (FGD) system by Shaw Stone & Webster and a gypsum dewatering, storage, and handling system by Synthetic Materials. The scope of work also included hazards abatement; scrubber make-up water supply; boiler, ductwork, and precipitator structural studies and additional excursion pressure controls; SO3 mitigation, high-voltage electrical upgrades for scrubber service and reserve station service; rail infrastructure; site utilities; and grading and paving—all managed by the owner, outside of the two main EPC contracts. The new scrubber and associated systems were placed into service and declared commercially operational on schedule and in compliance with the consent decree and the State of Maryland’s Clean Air Act. Alpha 3 provided budget and schedule management, procurement support, coordination of the separate EPCs and owner’s scope contractors through the development of an integrated project schedule, issues analysis, change order negotiation support, and contract close-out support at both the project-level and program-level.