Koda Energy Fuel Delivery System & Biomass Energy Plant

Koda Energy was a fast-track general construction opportunity unique in nature because it was the result of an emergency plant shutdown due to an explosion. The project required the perfect combination of efficient construction, improved safety features, process redundancy and additional fire protection.

Type:
Industrial
Definition:
New Construction
Date Completed:
February 2014

Aerial view of Koda Energy fuel delivery system and biomass energy plant

Koda Energy is one of the first combined heat and power (CHP) plants in the United States to solely burn natural materials, known as biomass. The joint venture between the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, and Rahr Malting uses byproducts from malting and food processing, as well as non-manmade materials such as wood chips and oat hulls to generate electricity and thermal energy.

On April 25, 2013, a spark set off a dust-related explosion and rendered the entire plant in-operable. Instead of rebuilding the plant as it was originally designed, Koda Energy decided it was necessary to design a brand new biomass fuel delivery system with a commitment to improved safety.

Greystone was awarded the general contract for the civil and structural packages. We worked closely with Barr Engineering to coordinate the design and construction of a safe and reliable load-in system with a high degree of redundancy. We handled all aspects of project management and coordinated the completion of the new fuel delivery system. The project was completed on time and Koda reached full output status within weeks of re-opening.

 Aerial view of winter construction at Koda Energy fuel delivery system and biomass energy plant

Koda Energy fuel delivery system and biomass energy plant

Construction of Koda Energy fuel delivery system and biomass energy plant

Koda Energy fuel delivery system and biomass energy plant