Engineering and project management company AMEC and its joint venture partner, The Boldt Company, have been awarded a contract by the Wisconsin State Department of Administration for conversion of a power plant at the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus from coal-burning to biomass.

AMEC and Boldt will provide engineering, procurement and construction services for the installation of a new biomass boiler that is capable of burning 100% biomass, as well as two new gas and ultra-low sulphur distillate-fired package boilers to replace the existing coal-fired units.

AMEC and Boldt worked together on an addition to the Manitowoc Public Utilities coal plant in Manitowoc, which was completed in 2006.

The Charter Street Heating Plant currently burns 108,000 tons of coal each year providing steam and heating for the campus buildings.