Navasota Energy nears permits for 543-MW peaking project in Texas

Navasota South Peakers Operating Co. I LLC is nearing air permits from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) that would authorize construction of the Union Valley Energy Center at Nixon in Wilson County, Texas.

The commission on Feb. 10 posted to its website a Feb. 6 notice that it plans to approve this permitting and seeking comment on that tentative decision.

The permits would authorize three natural gas-fired combustion turbines (CTs) that would operate in simple-cycle mode, and one emergency fire water pump engine. The planned CTs are the General Electric 7FA.04 model. Fuel for the CTs would be limited to pipeline-quality, sweet natural gas containing no more than 0.5 grain total sulfur per 100 dry standard cubic feet (dscf).

A company contact listed in the notice is: Navasota South Peakers Operating Co. I LLC, Bill Skinner, Director of Engineering, (281) 252-5221, 403 Corporate Wood Dr, Magnolia, Texas 77354-2758.

Said the Navasota Energy website about this project: “The Union Valley Energy Center is a 543 Megawatt simple cycle gas fired electric generating facility located in Wilson County, TX. The Facility consists of three highly-efficient, super clean 181 Megawatt natural gas-fired turbine power plants. Upon completion, this Facility will support the peak energy demands in the South Zone of ERCOT. The Facility is anticipated to begin commercial operation during spring 2017. This Facility is expected to operate less than 1,000 hours per year during ERCOT peak electric demand periods reducing dependency on older inefficient power generation plants.”

Navasota Energy has also lately been permitting two similar projects:

  • The Van Alstyne Energy Center is a 543-MW simple-cycle gas-fired project located in Grayson County, Texas. This facility is anticipated to begin commercial operation during spring 2017, said the company website.
  • The Clear Springs Energy Center is a 543-MW simple-cycle gas-fired project located in Guadalupe County, Texas. It is anticipated to begin commercial operation during spring 2017.

Navasota Energy was launched in 2005 to develop power generation projects in Texas to meet the state’s growing energy needs. Its CEO is Frank Giacalone and its president is Dan Hudson, both of whom are veterans of the Texas power industry.

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