May 03, 2011 16:08 ET

CH2M HILL Awarded Expansion of the Los Esteros Critical Energy Facility by Los Esteros Critical Energy Facility, LLC

DENVER, CO--(Marketwire - May 3, 2011) - CH2M HILL (, a global full-service consulting, design, construction, and operations firm, has been awarded a contract for the expansion of the Los Esteros Critical Energy Facility, located in San Jose, California by its owner, Los Esteros Critical Energy Facility, LLC, an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of Calpine Corporation.

The facility expansion will convert the existing natural gas-fired, simple-cycle electric generation peaking facility to combined-cycle operation. The plant currently uses 4 GE LM6000 combustion turbines. A steam turbine-generator, four heat recovery steam generators and auxiliary plant equipment will be added. Los Esteros has engaged CH2M HILL as the EPC Contractor to engineer, procure, and construct the facility expansion. Los Esteros is responsible for overall project development, procurement of major equipment (HRSGs, steam turbine - generator, and generator step-up transformer, condenser, cooling tower), and for providing design basis, performance requirements and scope.

CH2M HILL is fully responsible for engineering, BOP equipment and material procurement, all in-plant construction, testing, cleaning and commissioning throughout Mechanical Completion and performance testing to the Commercial Operation Date (COD). CH2M HILL will furnish all the necessary home office support, field supervision, BOP field engineering, craft labor, materials, tools, consumables and construction equipment to complete the scope of work.

CH2M HILL's basic scope of work includes the site and sub-grade preparation, foundations and all other civil work including final landscaping, installation of all equipment, all electrical work, mechanical work, structural steel, piping including pipe racks, all underground utilities, alteration of stacks, tanks, buildings, painting, inspection and testing, startup, commissioning and final performance testing.

Additionally, CH2M HILL is providing the Chief Building Official (CBO) and Los Esteros access to the work to observe, inspect, and test the work should it be deemed necessary so that they can ascertain that materials and workmanship are in accordance with the requirements of the Contract, quality assurance/quality control requirements, CEC Conditions of Certification, and applicable codes and standards.

Founded in 1984, Calpine Corporationis a major U.S. power company, currently capable of delivering approximately 28,000 megawatts of clean, cost-effective, reliable and fuel-efficient power from its 92 operating plants to customers and communities in 20 U.S. states and Canada. Calpine Corporation is committed to helping meet the needs of an economy that demands more and cleaner sources of electricity. Calpine owns, leases and operates primarily low-carbon, natural gas-fired and renewable geothermal power plants. Using advanced technologies, Calpine generates power in a reliable and environmentally responsible manner for the customers and communities it serves.

Headquartered near Denver, Colorado, USA, employee-owned CH2M HILLis a global leader in consulting, design, design-build, operations, and program management for government, civil, industrial and energy clients. The firm's work is concentrated in the areas of water, transportation, environmental, energy, facilities and resources. With US$6.3 billion in revenue and 23,000 employees, CH2M HILL is an industry-leading program management, construction management and design firm, as ranked by Engineering News-Record and named a leader in sustainable engineering by Verdantix. The firm has been named a FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For five times. Visit us at,