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52 MW turnkey power plant in Freeport, Grand Bahama

Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor A/S


Design of reinforced concrete, steel structures and cladding envelope to American codes.
Supply and erection of structural steel, overhead travelling crane and cladding envelope of the powerhouse.

Danish engineering company Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor A/S (BWSC) was in spring 2011 awarded a contract to build a 52 MW turnkey heavy fuel oil power plant in Freeport, Grand Bahama. Aqvila subsequently won the design-build & turnkey sub-contract for the civil and building works.

The power plant is located on a green field site adjacent to the existing power plant which BWSC delivered to the client, Grand Bahama Power Company, in 2005. Aqvila’s works included the design of concrete as well as design, supply and erection of structural steel, cladding envelope, overhead travelling crane, doors and windows.

The challenges of getting Aqvila’s supplies to the remote site and meeting a tight time schedule which necessitated an erection period in the middle of the hurricane season, were overcome by our focus on providing creative cost effective solutions and constant attention to detail.

Careful detailing ensured that the building, designed to withstand earthquakes and hurricane wind speeds of up to 240 km/h, could be pre-fabricated in sections suitable for transport to the remote site in 40 foot containers.

On site, a good cooperation with the local and foreign contractors enabled the skilled Aqvila team of steel and cladding workers to erect the primary steel in just 3 weeks. 10 weeks after commencing the erection works the building was closed allowing all trades to commence the finishing works and mechanical and electrical installations and resulting in a project delivered to budget and within the agreed time schedule.

Photo courtesy of BWSC.