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Sandy Creek Energy Station

RailWorks constructed a loop track ans installed turnouts for the Sandy Creek Energy Station, a power plant near Waco, Texas.
Project Highlights 
  • Constructed a 33,000 loop track of CWR
  • Installed 10 turnouts, including six solar-powered
    turnouts
Track
Riesel, Texas
Customer 
Sandy Creek Power Partners
Business Unit 
RailWorks Track Systems
Project Description 

RailWorks installed a 33,000-track-foot loop track and 10 turnouts for a power plant in Texas, operated by Houston-based Dynegy Inc.

Project Scope 

RailWorks constructed track for a coal-fired electric plant near Waco, Texas. Crews built the 33,000-foot loop track using continuous-weld rail. Included in the project were 10 turnouts, two of which are mainline turnouts connected to the Union Pacific line. Another six turnouts are solar-powered.

Unique Features 

When the time came to weld the rail, the grade wasn’t yet ready so workers welded 80-foot sections of rail into 1,440-foot segments. The track was later moved into position when the grade was completed.

Sandy Creek Energy Station’s solar-powered turnouts help promote energy and labor efficiencies. Besides capturing free fuel, the solar-switch machines are centrally controlled, eliminating the need for leave the train and manually throw switches.

The Sandy Creek plant began operation in 2013 as a 900-megawatt facility that is among the largest in the United States using supercritical steam generators. Hallmarks of supercritical technology are operating efficiency gained through a better power-to-fuel ratio, and lower plant emissions. The facility generates electricity for more than 100,000 homes and businesses in Texas.

Other participants 
Sandy Creek Power Partners is comprised of Gilbert Industrial Corp. (an affiliate of Kiewit Construction Co.) Overland Contracting, Inc. (a subsidiary of Black & Veatch) Zachry Construction Corp.