US-based petrol company Buckeye Partners has selected engineering firm Black & Veatch to build a 270MW solar project in central Texas.

Black & Veatch will provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for Project Parker, which will be developed on two sites in Falls County near Waco.

The photovoltaic solar project will be equipped with more than 500,000 solar panels and is planned for completion early next year.

Buckeye plans to make an initial investment in the project in August.

Upon completion, the project is expected to further enhance Buckeye’s diversified renewable project portfolio.

Buckeye Strategy and Alternative Energy executive vice-president Todd Russo said: “Our strategy is squarely focused on energy diversity and lower-carbon solutions, and we are excited to partner with Black & Veatch to advance this critical solar project.

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“Project Parker will further expand Buckeye’s growing renewable portfolio and add additional momentum to our environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives and continued progress in the space.”

Through this project, Buckeye Partners aims to create sustainable energy solutions and value for its stakeholders.

Black & Veatch Energy and Process Industries business president Mario Azar said: “We are committed to deploying our deep expertise in clean energy to support clients on the leading edge of the energy transition such as Buckeye Partners with their decarbonisation goals.”

In November last year, AES Clean Energy awarded a contract to Black & Veatch to serve as owner’s engineer for a pumped storage and hydropower portion of the West Kaua‘i Energy Project in Hawaii.

Located on the island of Kaua’i, the integrated renewable energy and irrigation project is intended to help Hawaii in its efforts to generate all its energy from locally produced renewable energy by 2045.

It is intended to offset the use of 8.5 million gallons of fossil fuels a year once completed.