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Mortenson wins contract to build 600MW Rush Creek Wind Project in Colorado, US

CTBR Staff Writer Published 09 March 2017

Mortenson has been awarded a contract by Xcel Energy to build its 600MW wind farm in Colorado, US.

The financial aspects of the contract were not revealed by the parties.

However, it has been disclosed that the project is to become the largest among single-phase wind farms in the continent once completed.

To be built near Limon, the project named as the Rush Creek Wind Project will feature 300 turbines along with a transmission line of 83 miles long. It will be operated by the Minneapolis-based electric utility, Xcel Energy.

Xcel Energy Project manager Gerald Kelly said: “Mortenson has a long and distinguished history with the construction of major projects in Colorado, from the Stapleton Redevelopment to Denver International Airport hotel and transit center, to the Alamosa Solar Project. In addition, it has extensive experience in the development of wind projects throughout the US.”

Mortenson will provide the project with full engineering, procurement and construction through its wind energy, high voltage transmission and civil divisions.

The wind turbines for the Rush Creek Wind Project will be delivered by Vestas, each of 300-V110 2.0MW capacity.

While the engineering design of the wind farm is slated to be finished in April, the construction is likely to commence next month. The project is expected to become operational in October 2018.

About 350 jobs are estimated to be created at the project during the peak of the construction stage. Once operational, the Rush Creek Wind Project is expected to increase the wind energy generated in the state by over 20%.

Potentially, the project is likely to bring in $180m in the form of landowner lease payments and property tax revenue.