FAIRBANKS - A Washington construction company has won a $13 billion federal contract to install pollution control equipment at Clear Air Force Station south of Nenana.
Bothell, Wash.-based Strand Hunt Construction Inc. will construct three bag-house collection systems for Clear's coal-fired power plant. The company also will build an equipment storage shelter at the site, according to the Department of Defense.
A bag house consists of hundreds of long fabric tubes, or bags, that trap pollutants in the power plant exhaust.
The work is to be completed by Sept. 30, 2006.
The military is installing similar pollution control equipment on coal-fired power plants at Fort Wainwright and Eielson Air Force Base.
Strand Hunt won a $21.7-million contract in April 2003 to build the bag house at Eielson by October 2005.
In 2002, GHEMM Co. Inc. of Fairbanks won an $18.5-million contract to install the Fort Wainwright bag house. The work is expected to be completed later this year, John Killoran, spokesman for the U.S. Corps of Engineers in Anchorage, told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.
GHEMM Co. also won a contract the previous year to install a cooling tower to reduce fog from a pond next to the power plant. The military, however, didn't have enough money to cover the cost, so the contract will be rebid, Killoran said.
The Clear contract is being handled by the Corps in Anchorage, as were the others.
According to the Pentagon, 137 bids were solicited for the Clear work and four were received.