Southwestern Public Service seeks permits for 200-MW plant in Texas

Southwestern Public Service Co. has applied to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) for issuance of a State Air Quality Permit, Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) Air Quality Permit and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) PSD Air Quality Permit, which would authorize construction of the Greenfield Electric Power Generation Facility.

This facility, also called the Gaines County Power Plant, is to be located in Seminole in Gaines County, Texas, said a Sept. 9 notice from the TCEQ that was posted to the commission’s website on Sept. 14. This application is being processed in an expedited manner. The notice contains no other major details about the project.

The notice did say the facility will emit the following air contaminants: organic compounds, nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, sulfuric acid mist, particulate matter including particulate matter with diameters of 10 microns or less and 2.5 microns or less, and hazardous air pollutants. The proposed facility will also emit greenhouse gases. This application was submitted to the TCEQ on Aug. 24.

The commission’s executive director has determined the application is administratively complete and will conduct a technical review of the application.

Xcel Energy (NYSE: XEL) spokesperson Wes Reeves said about the project in a Sept. 15 e-mail to Generation Hub: “The current plan for the Gaines County project is to install a single combustion turbine of approximately 200 megawatts in size to be operated in simple cycle mode on a site in Gaines County close to the New Mexico state line. The unit will be fired on natural gas. The permit being filed is requesting the ability to potentially build out the site to a combined cycle station in the future.”

The project contact listed in the notice is: Southwestern Public Service Co., P.O. Box 1261, Amarillo, Texas 79105-1261, Kevin Worley, Xcel Energy, (806) 378-2185.

(This story, originally posted on Sept. 14, was amended on Sept. 15 to add the Xcel comment.)

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