May 16, 2020

Sustainable Green Omni Terminal Demonstration project gets green light

Burns & McDonnell
Pasha Stevedoring & Terminals LP
Port of Los Angeles
ShoreCat Marine Exhaust Treatment System
Catherine Sturman
2 min
Solar installation
Engineering design firm Burns & McDonnell are set to provide design-build engineering and project management services in the new $27 million Green O...

Engineering design firm Burns & McDonnell are set to provide design-build engineering and project management services in the new $27 million Green Omni Terminal Demonstration project at the port of Los Angeles. The project will provide sustainable solutions in the reduction of pollutants and transform marine terminal operations.

The project is aimed to commence in October and finalise in 2017, with the aim to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 3,320 tons per year.

Pasha Stevedoring & Terminals LP and the Port of Los Angeles are behind the project, which will incorporate a multitude of sustainable features. The project will be funded through a $14.5 million grant from the California Air Resources Board.

An important feature of the design will be the inclusion of the ShoreCat Marine Exhaust Treatment System which will capture over 90 percent of emissions.

Dr Matt Wartian will be behind the construction and engineering design within the initial stages of the project. He said: “Burns & McDonnell has successfully executed a number of micro grid projects incorporating solar and zero emissions technology, but the Green Omni Terminal Project will set a whole new standard” and will “expect a number of other facilities will be launching similar zero-emissions projects based on the results from the Green Omni Terminal.”

The designs will transform the terminal’s infrastructure, incorporating a rooftop solar installation system, which will be supported by a battery storage system.  Wartian said: “The solar power system will be the centerpiece of the project. It will operate in parallel with the Los Angeles area grid through sophisticated energy management system controls that will enable the terminal to “island” and continue operating as a micro grid for a limited period of time in the event of a widespread power outage”.

By including electric vehicles and cargo handling equipment into terminal operations, the terminal will convert AC to DC power, in addition to providing battery-powered drayage trucks and yard tractors to transport goods through the terminal.

Wartian continued: “The Green Omni Terminal Project will be a scalable model to upgrade the 26 other terminals at the Port of Los Angeles, as well as other terminals worldwide”, concluding that “Design-build project delivery will also demonstrate why it is the best system to make these complex improvements and upgrades with no interruption to ongoing terminal operations.”

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Jun 17, 2021

Webuild and Lane to build railway in Texas

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LaneConstruction
ConstructionProjects
BulletTrain
2 min
Italian construction firm Webuild and its U.S. subsidiary Lane Construction sign a US$16bn contract to build a railway in Texas

Webuild, formerly known as Salini Impregilo, has announced a US$16bn agreement to build a high-speed railway between Dallas and Houston in Texas. The project has been described as the “final step” before financial closure for the company, which Webuild said was“foreseen in the coming months”. 

Passengers using the 236-mile long railway, which was developed by Texas LLC, will travel in Japanese Tokaido Shinkansen bullet trains at 200mph, making one scheduled stop at Brazos Valley near Texas A&M University. This aims to shorten the total journey time between the two terminals from almost four hours to around 90 minutes, Texas LLC claims. The company hopes commercial operations will begin in 2026. 

According to Webuild, the new line will aim to target an estimated 100,000 “super commuters” who travel between the two cities by car and plane every week. Webuild said it would cut greenhouse gas emissions by up to 101,000 tonnes per year.

This contract is an update on a preliminary design-build agreement signed with Texas Central LLC in 2019, valued at $14bn. The deal confirms the US as Webuild's single biggest market, comprising some 35% of the group’s total order backlog.

Around 17,000 new direct jobs will be created as a result of the project, as well as 20,000 indirect ones. U.S. suppliers from states aim to provide an estimated US$7.3bn of materials to construct the railway in conjunction with services provided by Italian suppliers. 

Webuild and Lane will oversee the civil engineering works of the project. This includes the tracks themselves, the viaducts, and depot buildings. 

Three facts about bullet trains 

  • The fastest commercially operated bullet train is not in Japan, but China. It is capable of reaching speeds of up to 268mph… with passengers onboard. 
  • Bullet trains are one of the safest ways to travel. Over 10bn passengers have been on board a bullet train and no-one has ever been killed on one. 
  • The “tunnel boom effect” is powerful enough to blow a freight train over. When a bullet train exits a tunnel at over 200mph, the resulting sonic boom effect is so strong, it could blow a normal freight train off its tracks.

 

Image: Texas Central LLC.

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