TVA completes purchase of Quantum Choctaw gas plant

The expansion of the Tennessee Valley Authority natural gas power fleet took another step forward April 14 when the federal utility said it has completed its purchase of a combined cycle gas plant owned by Quantum Choctaw Power, an affiliate of Quantum Utility Generation.

The 700-MW plant is the sixth combined cycle gas facility TVA has built or bought since 2007, with two more under construction. The facility will be renamed Ackerman combined-cycle plant.

The TVA board of directors voted on Feb. 12 to move forward with the purchase, pending regulatory and other approvals, including from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which governs transactions involving utility assets.

Located in Ackerman, Miss., the high-efficiency plant uses two gas turbines and one steam turbine to produce energy. TVA has purchased electricity from the plant since 2008.

“The plant offers a strong strategic, operational and financial fit with TVA’s system and goal for a balanced asset portfolio,” said TVA President and CEO Bill Johnson. “This was an opportunity to acquire a power plant that already provides electricity to TVA at a price that is significantly less than it would cost to build a comparable plant.”

A TVA spokesperson said he was not at liberty to reveal the purchase price for the power plant.

The purchase will be handled through traditional forms of financing. The acquisition includes flexibility for future ownership by Seven States Power Corp., a member-owned generation and transmission cooperative formed by local power companies served by TVA.

Located in TVA’s service area and already connected to the TVA grid, the Ackerman plant will provide low-cost, reliable power to the Mississippi region, TVA said.

The Choctaw gas-fired facility went online in 2006, according to GenerationHub records.

Quantum Utility Generation also owns an interest in three natural gas power plants in Florida, according to its website.

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