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Campus Steam Plant Alterations

Campus Steam Plant Alterations

Location: University Park, Pa.

Client: Pennsylvania State University

Completion Date: 2011

To comply with Boiler MACT standards, Penn State decided to operate in the future without the use of coal using one of three options to convert the boilers to fire gas with oil as backup. To help analyze the options and design the selected solution, the university hired Burns & McDonnell to study each option in detail through a boiler conversion study and a new steam generation study, as well as provide cost estimates and schedules for compliance. Once Penn State selects an option, Burns & McDonnell will provide detailed design and installation services of the selected option.

  • Boiler conversion study
  • New steam generation study
  • Cost estimates and schedules

Penn State operates four coal-fired boilers that are subject to the Boiler MACT standards. In order to address these anticipated regulations, the Office of Physical Plant decided to operate in the future without the use of coal. They also initiated a detailed study to define possible compliance options. The options considered: 

  • Convert all four boilers to fire gas at full capacity using oil as backup. 
  • Convert two boilers to fire gas at full capacity and upgrade two boilers to fire gas at partial capacity using oil as backup.
  • Upgrade all four boilers to fire gas at partial capacity and install gas package boilers using oil as backup.

To help analyze the options and design the selected option, the university hired Burns & McDonnell to study each option in detail and provide the necessary technical assessment, cost estimates and schedules for compliance.

Once Penn State selects an option, Burns & McDonnell will be responsible for the detailed design and installation of the selected option.