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SALT RIVER PROJECT SELECTS STONE & WEBSTER TO DESIGN EMISSION CONTROL SYSTEM FOR GRAND CANYON POWER PLANT

 SALT RIVER PROJECT SELECTS STONE & WEBSTER TO DESIGN
 EMISSION CONTROL SYSTEM FOR GRAND CANYON POWER PLANT
 BOSTON, April 22 /PRNewswire/ -- The following was released today by the Salt River Project in Phoenix. The work will be carried out through the Denver office of Stone & Webster Engineering Corporation, which has headquarters in Boston:
 Salt River Project moved forward today in its commitment to preserving the environment and visibility at the Grand Canyon by naming Stone & Webster (NYSE: SW) as the architect/engineer for a $430 million emission control system at the Navajo Generating Station (NGS) near Page, Ariz.
 Stone & Webster will work with SRP to design and engineer a system to meet all of the terms of last September's NGS Visibility Agreement.
 The agreement, which included the NGS station participants, the Grand Canyon Trust and the Environmental Defense Fund, formed the basis for a regulation by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to install an emission control system to remove approximately 90 percent of the power plant's annual sulfur dioxide emissions.
 "The selection of Stone & Webster was based on team qualifications and the cost proposal," SRP General Manager Dr. Carroll M. Perkins said. "While all the bidders have excellent qualifications, Stone & Webster's experience best meets the project's requirements," Perkins said.
 "We look forward to concluding a contract with Stone & Webster by June 1, and breaking ground before January 1995, on what will be the largest, best designed and most cost-effective clean air project in the Southwest," Perkins said.
 Terms of the NGS Visibility Agreement require SRP to install an emission control system on the station's three 750-megawatt generating units. The system will be installed over three-year period beginning in 1997.
 In negotiating this settlement, SRP worked to design an agreement that would maximize sulfur dioxide removal while minimizing the financial impact on ratepayers.
 The initial construction is expected to cost about $430 million. Yearly operation and maintenance costs will result in a total cost of more than $2.9 billion over 22 years, considerably less than an earlier EPA plan, which would have cost an estimated $4 billion.
 "When NGS was completed in 1976 at a cost of $650 million, over $200 million of that cost was spent on environmental protection," Perkins said. "And, NGS already burns low-sulfur coal. With the selection of Stone & Webster to design an emission control device at NGS, we are demonstrating our commitment to acting responsibly to preserve the environment.
 "We look forward to continuing this commitment, and are happy to proceed with this first phase of a historic plan intended to protect Canyonland vistas," Perkins said.
 SRP, a Phoenix-based water and electric utility serving about 540,000 customers in the metro Phoenix area, owns 21.7 percent and manages the generating station. Other participants and their shares include: U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, 24.3 percent; Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, 21.2 percent; Arizona Public Service Co., 14 percent; Nevada Power, 11.3 percent; and Tucson Electric Power, 7.5 percent.
 -0- 4/22/92
 /CONTACT: Martin A. Reynolds of Stone & Webster, 617-589-1905/
 (SW) CO: Stone & Webster Engineering Corporation; Salt River Project ST: Massachusetts, Arizona IN: UTI SU: CON


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