Togiak’s New Power Plant is OperationalPosted: January 1, 2019
AVEC’s newest fuel-efficient power plant, located in Togiak, underwent a substantial completion inspection on November 1, 2018 and has been running smoothly. This project consisted of constructing AVEC’s power plant as well as bulk fuel tank farms for AVEC, Togiak Natives Ltd. and the City. Denali Commission funding paid for most of AVEC’s power plant and a new tank farm pad for all three entities. Alaska Energy Authority contributed funding for the City tank farm and TNL obtained the rest of the funding they needed. AVEC provided overall project management.
This new plant replaces the old power plant that consisted of a 1970s vintage Butler Building housing two generator sets and a second steel frame module containing a third generator. A fourth generator was in another module. The components such as feeder and switchgear were in poor condition. Constructing a new power plant was more cost effective than doing the many upgrades necessary to the old facility. The new power plant is designed to meet community power demands for the project planning period and is equipped to integrate renewables, the Twin Hills intertie in the future and heat recovery.
A big thank you goes out to two organizations that provided funding for these much-needed projects that increase AVEC’s reliability and generating efficiency. The Denali Commission awarded AVEC $8.9 million and the Alaska Energy Authority provided $230,000 specific to the city and $900,000 to AVEC. We truly appreciate their partnership and outstanding contributions to improving the lifestyles of our members.