Goodman Energy Center

Goodman Energy Center

Location: Hays, Kan.

Client: Midwest Energy

Completion Date: 2008

Burns & McDonnell performed engineering, procurement and construction services to add a peaking facility utilizing Wärtsilä reciprocating engines at Goodman Energy Center in Hays, Kan. Burns & McDonnell's scope included detailed design, procurement, and construction.

  • Detailed design
  • Procurement
  • Construction

Burns & McDonnell served as the engineering, procurement and construction contractor for the Goodman Energy Center. Wärtsilä furnished nine Wärtsilä 20V34SG natural gas-fired engines. The engines are equipped with selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology to reduce flue gas emissions, meeting today's increasingly stringent air quality requirements. The plant provides capacity, energy and black start capabilities to help support Midwest Energy's total system demand.

Wärtsilä's natural gas-fueled technology has the capability to operate efficiently at low loads. This feature increases the number of megawatts of spinning reserve available to the customer, increasing the value of the plant. Other features include outstanding heat rates at all loads, the ability to provide 25 percent power in two minutes, reach full plant output in less than 10 minutes, and rapid response to varying grid conditions. The plant offers full grid black start capabilities. This plant also employs a closed loop cooling system, eliminating consumption of process water and the need to dispose or treat wastewater.

  • 75 megawatts (MW)
  • Natural gas-fired
  • 9 Wärtsilä 20V34SG reciprocating engines
  • Greenfield site
  • Modular design
  • 25 percent power in two minutes 
  • Full plant output in less than 10 minutes 
  • Black start capability
  • Selective catalytic reduction (SCR) for nitrous oxide (NOx) reduction using urea