Burns & McDonnell has received an engineering, procurement, and contraction (EPC) contract for 225MW Denton Energy Center in Texas, US.

Under the contract, signed with City of Denton, Texas, Burns & McDonnell will build the new natural gas-fired power facility featuring twelve 18-cylinder Wärtsilä 18V50SG engines.

Financial terms of the contract were not disclosed.

The power plant will comprise a reciprocating engine technology, which will be configured to provide flexible, fast-start power to city-owned utility Denton Municipal Electric Utilities.

The company said that each of the engines can be delivered separately to balance power demand as needed.

Scheduled to be commissioned by July 2018, the Denton Energy Center is expected to be one of the most flexible and efficient generating facilities upon commissioning.

Burns & McDonnell power generation group senior vice-president and general manager Rick Halil said: "Burns & McDonnell has been serving the public power industry for more than 100 years so we are proud to help the City of Denton meet its goals to become one of the greenest cities in America by turning to renewables as its source of baseload power.

"Reciprocating engine technology is an excellent way to help them meet this objective.

“Burns & McDonnell has designed and built a majority of the utility-scale reciprocating engine projects in the country as more and more utilities turn to reciprocating engines to balance their power needs."

The facility will contribute to the City of Denton’s plan to generate 70% of total power from renewable sources by 2019 from current 40%.

Construction of the facility is planned to commence in early 2017 while the engines and related equipment are due to be delivered during the second half of 2017.