Invenergy planning 350-MW peaking plant in West Texas

Invenergy is making plans for a 350-MW gas-fired peaking power plant in West Texas, the company confirmed Jan. 28.

If things go according to plan, Invenergy could bring online the proposed $120m project in Ector County, Texas, in June 2015. Invenergy has a hearing scheduled Feb. 10 in Ector County’s commissioner’s court regarding a partial abatement of certain local taxes.

“With the need for peaking resources in West Texas, our proposed two-unit peaking project would be able to respond quickly to changes in supply and demand on the electrical grid,” an Invenergy spokesperson said Jan. 28. “Ector County would be an excellent location for our facility, which would provide significant economic investment in the local community,” the spokesperson added.

Invenergy hopes to have the necessary government approvals in hand by the middle of this year. The proposed project would result in 100 construction jobs while the plant is being built.

Chicago-based Invenergy develops, owns, and operates power generation facilities in North America and Europe. Invenergy has developed approximately 8,000 MW of utility-scale renewable and natural gas-fueled power generation facilities in the United States, Canada, and Europe.

Invenergy is also a major wind power developer in North America. In December, it announced that it has arranged project debt and tax equity financing for its 288-MW Miami Wind Energy Center.

Invenergy Thermal Development LLC filed a greenhouse gas permit application with U.S. EPA Region 6 last June. Invenergy said it plans to construct a simple cycle power generation facility in Goldsmith, Ector County, Texas.

The proposed project will consist of two natural gas-fired simple-cycle combustion turbines, each exhausting to an associated stack. The combustion turbines to be installed at the site will be either the General Electric (NYSE:GE) Model 7FA.03 or the General Electric Model 7FA.05 variants, according to the filing.

The proposed site has easy access to an existing Oncor Electric substation and two different natural gas pipelines, according to Invenergy.

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