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Project CityCenter Poised to Be Biggest Power Sucker On The Strip

By Chuckmonster on Saturday, 8th October 2005 8:19pm
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MGM Mirage's mammoth new Strip development, Project CityCenter, will not only be the state's largest megaresort, it will also be its largest energy user. The $5 billion complex of hotels, residences, shops and casinos will require enough electricity to power 91,000 homes.

The 66-acre project tentatively calls for a 60-story, 4,000-room hotel-casino; two 400-room, non-gaming hotels; 1,640 luxury condominiums; and 500,000 square feet of shops, restaurants and showrooms.

With a staff of 12,000, Project CityCenter could conservatively see 25,000 to 30,000 people a day when it opens in late 2009. That's roughly double the population of Boulder City.

Roughly $75 million in substation and transmission upgrades will be needed to meet Project CityCenter's electrical demands. Work will be performed on generating plants, substations and transformers like that pictured above.

The 18 million-square-foot undertaking will be the size of Rockefeller Center, SoHo and Times Square combined. The Empire State Building, by contrast, is only one-eighth the size.

MGM Mirage last month awarded a six-year, $100 million contract to Siemens, the Munich-based energy giant, to provide CityCenter's electrical and building technologies. But the contract size could grow as design details become finalized, said Ken Aurichio, a Siemens spokesman, who likened the project's size and complexity to the firm's work on Houston's 69,500-seat Reliant Stadium, home to the NFL's Houston Texans.



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