New natural gas plant commissioned by Kansas municipality

The Kansas Municipal Energy Agency (KMEA) and the City of Garden City, Kan., have commissioned the 26-MW Jameson Energy Center, a natural gas peaking plant.

An official dedication ceremony was held June 12. The parties had broken ground on the project in October 2013. KEMA had filed the permit application with the state in February 2013.

KMEA awarded Siemens the contract to supply SGT-400 gas turbines and generators. The installation and construction of the project was managed by engineering company, Sega, Inc. MMC Contractors was selected by Sega to provide mechanical construction services, according to the MMC website.

The Siemens SGT-400 combustion turbine generators are trailer-mounted. Jameson also includes “black start” equipment.

The new turbines will be used for peaking resources during normal operations and can be used in emergency situations, should the power go out during severe weather events, such as an ice storm, the city said in a news release that was posted earlier in June.

Natural gas delivered to the site will come from a Black Hills (NYSE:BKH) pipeline.

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