News Release

29 April 2013

Overland Contracting Inc Selected to Install Natural Gas-fired Boilers at Celanese Plant

Clean energy technology helps plant meet new federal air emissions guidelines

NARROWS, VA. (29 April 2013) – Overland Contracting Inc. (OCI), a wholly owned subsidiary of Black & Veatch, announced today it has been selected by Celanese Corporation to replace its coal-fired boilers with natural gas-fired boilers at the company’s plant in Narrows, Va.

OCI is providing engineering, procurement and construction services for the project as part of the contract. The project will make the plant, which manufactures cellulose acetate, meet new EPA emissions standards and is scheduled for completion in early 2015.

“This project will allow Celanese to improve its plant operations while using clean-burning, efficient natural gas as an energy source,” said Mark Prenni, Managing Director, Overland Contracting Inc. “OCI was selected based on our significant experience managing client needs and ability to deliver results on complex industrial projects like this one.”

OCI expects to make job opportunities available to qualified local applicants and vendors who possess the skill sets and offerings required for specific industrial construction jobs. By June 1, 2013, OCI will set up three job information sites in the region and an OCI website that will allow local applicants and vendors to explore potential work opportunities. The sites will be located at the following job services offices: Narrows, VA; Radford, VA; and the Giles County Commissioner’s Office in Pearisburg, VA.

“OCI has a long record of enhancing the quality of life where it provides services,” said Prenni. “We look forward to opening the doors of opportunity to interested and qualified candidates from the county and surrounding region in the near future.”

About Celanese
Celanese Corporation is a global technology leader in the production of differentiated chemistry solutions and specialty materials used in most major industries and consumer applications. With sales almost equally divided between North America, Europe and Asia, the company uses the full breadth of its global chemistry, technology and business expertise to create value for customers and the corporation. Celanese partners with customers to solve their most critical needs while making a positive impact on its communities and the world. Based in Dallas, Texas, Celanese employs approximately 7,600 employees worldwide and had 2012 net sales of $6.4 billion. For more information about Celanese Corporation and its product offerings, visit or our blog at

About Overland Contracting Inc. (OCI)
Overland Contracting Inc., a Black & Veatch company, provides construction services in the open and merit shop markets. Since 1996, OCI has been an industry leader in building vital infrastructure. OCI provides a wide range of construction services in the areas of power generation, power delivery, telecommunications and water. Services are tailored to fit our clients’ project-specific needs and are available through direct hire or subcontract options.

About Black & Veatch
Black & Veatch is an employee-owned, global leader in building Critical Human Infrastructure™ in Energy, Water, Telecommunications and Government Services. Since 1915, we have helped our clients improve the lives of people in over 100 countries through consulting, engineering, construction, operations and program management. Our revenues in 2012 were US$3.3 billion. Follow us on and in social media.

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