With the recent completion of turbine erection for the EDF Renewable Energy-owned, Bobcat Bluff Wind Project, Mortenson Construction’s Renewable Energy Group completed a record breaking year. In 2012, Mortenson erected about 1,200 turbines for 21 wind projects across eight states. Notably, after installing the final turbine at Bobcat Bluff in early November, Mortenson achieved mechanical completion six weeks ahead of schedule. All told, the projects Mortenson completed in 2012 will generate about 2,400 MW of renewable energy nationwide.
Located in Archer City, Texas, the 150-MW Bobcat Bluff project represents the 16th project Mortenson has built in the Lone Star State and the 23rd project built to date for long-time customer, EDF Renewable Energy. Since entering the wind industry in 1995, Mortenson has constructed a total of 124 wind projects across North America.
Mortenson began construction in May and was responsible for the engineering, procurement, and construction of access roads, foundations, underground collection system, transmission line, substation, O&M building, and the erection of 100, GE 1.5 MW, SLE turbines.
During construction, about 100 Texas residents were employed by Mortenson and its trade partners. It is estimated that over $2,600,000 in cumulative dollars were paid to local businesses and about $8,200,000 were paid to other business throughout the state as a result of the construction of the project. Bobcat Bluff will generate power for about 45,000 households
“It’s fitting that the final project of the year is the result of an 11-year partnership with such a valued customer— culminating our most successful year in the wind industry in our 17-year history,” said Tim Maag, VP and general manager for Mortenson’s Renewable U.S. Wind Energy Group.