Indeck nears permit for 650-MW gas-fired peaker in Texas

Indeck Wharton LLC is nearing a decision from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 6 office on a draft air permit for a 650-MW, gas-fired peaking project in Texas.

In June 2013, the company submitted to EPA Region 6 a Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) permit application for Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions from its Indeck Wharton Energy Center project. In connection with the same project, Indeck in the same month submitted a PSD permit application for non-GHG pollutants to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). EPA has a draft version of the GHG permit out for comment until May 5.

Indeck Wharton, an affiliate of Indeck Energy Services, proposes to construct a 650-MW peaking power project located near Danevang in Wharton County, Texas. Indeck plans to construct three identical natural gas-fired simple cycle turbines, utilizing either the General Electric Model 7FA.05 or Siemens SGT6-5000F(5), and associated equipment, an emergency diesel generator, a gas pipeline heater, a firewater pump engine, and fourteen circuit breakers.

The primary objective of the proposed project is to provide peaking capability, which will be used during periods of increased demand for electricity. Due to the fluctuations in power requirements, the three new natural gas-fired simple-cycle turbines (215-225 MW each) are proposed to provide a fast ramp up for electricity generation.

The GE 7FA.05 has a base-load electric power output of about 213 MW (net nominal), and the Siemens SGT6-5000F(5) has a base-load electric power output of approximately 225 MW (net nominal). Each CTG will burn pipeline natural gas to rotate an electrical generator to produce electricity.

A developer contact is: Jim Schneider, Senior Environmental Engineer, 600 North Buffalo Grove Road, Suite 300, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089, (847) 520-3212.

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