The Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project is a 110 MW solar energy thermal power plant located in Tonopah, Nevada. The power plant is the first utility-scale facility in the world to feature advanced molten salt power tower energy storage capabilities that efficiently and cost effectively store solar energy.
This game-changing technology enables the Crescent Dunes plant to provide a stable and predictable electricity supply without the harmful emissions or hazardous waste associated with conventional fossil fuel-burning or nuclear power facilities. The Crescent Dunes project will generate more than twice the annual output of other technologies per MW of capacity producing over 500,000 megawatt-hours per year and powering over 75,000 homes.
Brahma performed the mechanical erection of equipment and piping of the power block (Molten Salts Storage, Steam Generation & BOP Systems) for the power plant, as well the mechanical erection of piping (WSH & WSC Systems) inside of the massive 548’ Receiving Tower. From the bottom to the top of the receiving tower, we installed 20“, 18”, and 8” vertical pipe comprising 2,672 welding inches. The installation of pipe within the tower provided a unique challenge from the sheer height of the tower to the minimal accessibility the tower provided. Brahma crews utilized a single 18’ by 18’ entrance to safely deliver and install piping, scaffolding, equipment, and materials. Utilizing precision organization, communication and scheduling, our crews successfully and safely completed the piping installation in accordance with strict schedule requirements. A challenging aspect of the Crescent Dunes project was the isolated location it was built in. Coordination between vendors and contractors was essential to the productivity and deadline for completion.
We managed the project in a way where logistics worked like a living, moving organism. There was exceptionally close communication and organization with the owners, subcontractors, vendors, and workers, which allowed for little to zero downtime throughout the entire process. We attribute the success to the experienced project management skills of our teams, our capability to proudly execute difficult projects, and a philosophy to view challenges as an opportunity to succeed.