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Vanderbilt University

Steam Plant Conversion to Natural Gas

Nashville, TN

ICT was the prime designer responsible for this project to eliminate the combustion of coal at the central Powerhouse serving the University campus and medical center.  The project includes the addition of two new 99 MMBtu/hr natural gas/fuel oil fired package boilers capable of producing 125 psig steam, superheated to 416° F.  A new Combined Heat and Power (CHP) system is installed in a building addition to the existing CHP plant.  The new CHP system includes a new nominal 7 MW combustion turbine generator, duct burner, and Heat Recovery Steam Generator (HRSG) capable of producing 100,000 lb/hr of 125 psig steam superheated to 416° F.  

In addition, a new 100,000-gallon fuel oil storage and supply system provides a back-up fuel to the new package boilers and to the duct burner. In addition to basic services, ICT developed the applications for a Permit to Construct and the application to modify the Title V Operating Permit for this facility. The project was designed in three phases to expedite start of construction

Project Highlights:

  • Two 99 MMBTU input natural gas-fired boilers.
  • Fuel Oil Back-up
  • New 7 MW Combustion Turbine
  • Heat Recovery Steam Generator (HRSG)


13,287 SF


Vanderbilt University


Vanderbilt University


ACEC of Tennessee, Engineering Excellence Award, Grand Award Winner, Energy Category, 2016




Power / Education