June Newsline: Orlando's 5-year wastewater plan; IA sewer grant; Texas invests in wind and more

June 2010 Vol. 65 No. 6

Piedmont's capital investment in the pipeline and compression facilities is estimated at $217 million. Subject to approval by the North Carolina Utilities Commission, Piedmont will begin construction of the new natural gas pipeline and compression facilities early in 2011 and be ready for service in June 2013.

U.S. Steel CEO Surma sees economic recovery
Delivering the keynote address to an audience of more than 1,000 people during the second day of the Association of Iron and Steel Technology conference in Pittsburgh, U.S. Steel CEO John Surma spoke about the future and the direction in which he sees the steel industry heading after a dismal 18 months. Surma sees signs of the economic recovery, though it is anticipated to take longer than historic cycles. The fact that the United States has a wealth of natural resources will allow the steel industry to return to normal levels without the burden or expense of importing the materials needed to produce steel.

NASA to use HDD for wind power project
A Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) has been prepared to evaluate the potential environmental impacts from alternative energy sources that would be capable of generating up to 10 gigawatt-hours (GWh/year) of electricity per year at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, located in eastern Virginia.

The project will involve the construction of two 2-megawatt utility-scale wind turbines on Wallops Island, which would be capable of generating approximately 10 GWh/year. In addition, up to five 2.4-kilowatt residential wind turbines would be installed at the main base and mainland.

Each wind turbine will be connected to the existing Wallops Island electrical distribution system using underground power collection lines. These power lines will be constructed using HDD to avoid affecting wetlands in the area.

Completion of the project is expected to take approximately six months.

Top 50 Latin American infrastructure projects released
CG/LA Infrastructure LLC, the world leader in strategic infrastructure project identification and development, announced the release of its Top 50 Infrastructure Projects in Latin America 2010. The total estimated value of the projects is $76 billion, with the potential to create over 1 million new jobs in the region.