Southern Power looks to build gas plant in Texas

Southern (NYSE:SO) subsidiary Southern Power is taking preliminary steps to build a new gas-fired generating plant in Henderson, County, Texas, a spokesperson confirmed Aug. 26.

Through the submission of the air permit application, the company is beginning the process to develop a 470-MW, single-unit combined-cycle generating facility.

The spokesperson confirmed the application was filed this summer with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), but when asked about the timetable and cost for the project she indicated she could provide few additional details at this time.

A notice was filed with TCEQ June 27 for the Trinidad Generating Facility. The applicant has provided the following driving directions to the site: from Highway 31, head north on Forehand Road. The site is located east of Highway 274 and west of Forehand Road, approximately 0.75 miles north of Highway 31, Trinidad, Henderson County, Texas.

The plant will consist of one natural gas-fired combustion turbine generator, exhausting to a heat recovery steam generator (HRSG) with supplemental firing capability to produce steam to drive a steam turbine, and associated support facilities. The combustion turbine planned for this site is the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) J model.

It was filed under prevention of significant deterioration (PSD) air quality permit application PSDTX1368.

Southern Power is a wholesale energy provider. Southern Power and its subsidiaries own and operate 15 facilities in eight states, with more than 8,700 MW of generating capacity operating or under construction in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Nevada, North Carolina, Texas and New Mexico.

To date, most of its project development outside the Southeast has involved renewable energy. But Southern executives have indicated that could be changing.

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