Rubart Station Groundbreaking Held
Mid-Kansas Electric Company Breaks Ground on Rubart Station
Electric Generating Station scheduled to come online April 2014
Ulysses, Kan.—April 9, 2013—Mid-Kansas Electric Company LLC held the groundbreaking celebration today for Rubart Station, the company’s electric generating station located 13 miles east of Ulysses, Kan., in Grant County. Officials of companies involved in construction, Mid-Kansas board members, and state and local dignitaries— along with Perry Rubart, longtime Pioneer Electric Cooperative trustee after whom the facility is named—attended the morning event.
The nominal 110 megawatt station will comprise twelve natural gas reciprocating engines designed by Caterpillar Power Generation Systems, making this the first installation of Caterpillar’s new G20CM34 sets. Burns & McDonnell is providing engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services, and as general contractor, Casey Industrial will contract multi-craft specialty services.
“It’s exciting to break ground on a station that will bring great benefits to our members and the region,” said Allan Miller, Mid-Kansas board chairman. “These units will help meet our members’ growing need for electricity and can be deployed individually within minutes, allowing for rapid response to wind and market conditions.
Site preparation began in late February, construction began in March, and the units are scheduled to arrive in the fall. Caterpillar will ship the units from Rostock, Germany, to Houston, TX, from where they will be transported by rail to southwest Kansas and then trucked to the site. During construction the project will generate an estimated 150 jobs at peak build-out, and once operational the facility will generate six to 10 jobs.
“At a time with ever increasing challenges to the electric industry, our board has remained steadfastly focused on meeting member electricity demand in a reliable, cost effective manner,” said Stuart Lowry, Mid-Kansas president and CEO. “The decision to build this state-of-the-art facility is but one example of the Mid-Kansas board’s effort to balance energy demand and resources in way that most benefits our members.”
Attached is the groundbreaking photo from the groundbreaking as well as a description of the photo.
A groundbreaking celebration for Rubart Station, Mid-Kansas Electric Company LLC's future natural gas-based electric generation facility, was held on Tuesday, April 9, 2013. The facility will be located 13 miles east of Ulysses, Kan. Pictured from left to right are Kyle Nelson, Mid-Kansas sr. vice president and COO; Clive Nickolay, general manager of Caterpillar Power Generation Systems; Bill Rohner, Caterpillar Power Generation Systems vice president of electric power; Allan Miller, Mid-Kansas chairman of the board of directors; Perry Rubart, Pioneer Electric Cooperative trustee; Stuart Lowry, Mid-Kansas president and CEO; Ray Kowalik, Burns & McDonnell, president of energy; Jordan Hanslogan, Casey Industrial project coordinator; and Matt Greek, Mid-Kansas manager, generation engineering and Rubart Station project manager.