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Pennsylvania State University

East Campus Steam Plant Addition

University Park, PA

ICT was the mechanical, electrical, and instrumentation and controls engineers for this addition to the East Campus Steam Plant, which ultimately helped facilitate the University in eliminating steam generation from coal.  The addition included a 7 MW combustion turbine generator with a duct burner and Heat Recovery Steam Generator (HRSG) capable of producing 100,000 lb/hr of steam.  

The combustion turbine was configured to combust either natural gas or fuel oil, and the duct burner was configured to combust only natural gas.  The project also included an expansion of the existing fuel oil unloading, storage, and distribution system to support the secondary fuel supply to the combustion turbine.  In addition, natural gas compressors and a fuel oil centrifuge were provided for fuel pre-treatment.

ICT was responsible for the design related to the combustion turbine generator, HRSG, fuel oil system expansion, fuel pre-treatment systems, and all instrumentation and controls.  The instrumentation and controls design included the new equipment and systems as well as an expansion of the existing plant master control system.

In addition to basic design services, ICT developed the application for a permit to construct and air emissions source, as required by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Air Quality. 


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