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New Leesburg energy plant up and running

The new Stonewall Energy Facility. Courtesy photo
A new energy facility is now up and running in Loudoun County, ahead of time and on budget, according to its builders.

Bechtel, a global engineering firm, was responsible for constructing the state-of-the-art Stonewall Energy Facility in Loudoun. The natural gas-fired power plant will supply electricity for up to 778,000 homes in Virginia. The new facility was built by Bechtel for Panda Power Funds, who took over commercial operation of the 778-megawatt combined-cycle generating station last week.

Seven hundred jobs were created during Stonewall's construction, and 27 long-term jobs have been created to operate the power plant.

“Stonewall has been delivered to our customer early and safely, and is now generating cleaner power to communities in the United States," Craig Albert, president of Bechtel’s global infrastructure business, said in a prepared statement.

The facility is expected to generate nearly $20 million a year in direct and indirect spending in Loudoun County, increase the tax base and provide additional revenue to Leesburg.  

While Bechtel provided project management, engineering, procurement, construction, and startup services, its consortium partner, Siemens, was responsible for core power elements, including generators and natural gas and steam turbines.

This is the fourth facility that Bechtel has built for Panda Power Funds.

Todd Carter, president and senior partner of Panda Power Funds said in a prepared statement. "This state-of-the-art facility is one of the cleanest power plants in the United States and is already providing power for one of the fastest-growing counties in the nation.” 

The new facility is considered cleaner than older energy facilities. It uses advanced emissions-control technology and is cooled with treated wastewater, helping to conserve Virginia’s natural supply of drinking water and preventing discharge of nutrients into the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay watershed. 

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