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Project Update

December 17, 2018

Season's greetings neighbor,

As the year draws to a close it is time to reflect on all that we have been able to accomplish in 2018. We are more than halfway through the modernization of the AES Huntington Beach Energy Project (HBEP) and our team continues to be busy and hard at work to ensure the safe and timely completion of this important project.

We have achieved many significant milestones this year, including completion of the major structural foundations (underground). As we went 'vertical' (aboveground), the shape and form of the most visible and prominent structures of the HBEP became visible, such as the Heat Recovery Steam Generators (HRSG) and the Air-Cooled Condenser (ACC). The major equipment for the new power generating units has been delivered to the site and set in place. This includes the steam and gas turbine generators (the heart of the HBEP) and the HRSGs, among others, that required overnight trucking due to the size of these structures. Some loads were as long as 200 feet and as heavy as 285 tons.   

2019 will be another significant year of work at AES. With all the major equipment in place, the focus will be on interconnecting systems such as piping and electrical work. Project staffing is now at peak level, over 600 people, and is projected to start decreasing in the spring of 2019. We will also begin to remove the large cranes that have towered over the site for the past year.

Most importantly, in 2019 we will finish the major construction work, continue to commission systems (testing and starting the components of the HBEP) and finally start-up the new power plant before the end of next year.

I am very excited for the challenges, opportunities, and accomplishments that 2019 will bring. Throughout this, we plan to continue to keep you involved every step of the way with construction updates, community meetings, and responding to your phone calls and emails.

As always, safety is our number one priority. We will continue to take all reasonable steps to minimize impacts and inconvenience to our neighbors.

Thank you for your patience as we work to complete this important project. Please feel free to contact our project hotline at (888) 372-5633 or email at with any questions. On behalf of myself and everyone at AES we wish you all the joys of the season and happiness throughout the coming year. 


Dalia Gomez
AES Community and Public Affairs Manager

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