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PSU to convert to gas

Burns and McDonnell has been awarded a contract of $25 million to $35 million to convert Penn State University’s coal-fired steam plant to natural gas in a move university officials say will reduce carbon emissions. The university has been considering its options for upgrading the coal-fired plant since 2009 in anticipation of stiffer EPA regulations.


The coal to gas conversion will impact the operation of both the West and East Campus steam plants.

The West Campus steam plant provides heat and power to 270 campus buildings. It houses four 1960s-era coal-fired boilers and one 1947 boiler already converted to natural gas. The East Campus plant opened in 1972 and provides steam during peaking.

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