Coleto Creek Power permits simple-cycle turbine at existing plant in Texas

Coleto Creek Power LP has applied to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) for issuance of Proposed Air Quality Permit Number 118611, which would authorize construction of a simple cycle combustion turbine unit at the Coleto Creek Power Station in Goliad County.

This application was submitted to the TCEQ in March 2014, said the commission in an Oct. 7 notice that lacked details about the project. The proposed facility will emit the following contaminants: organic compounds, nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, sulfuric acid, hydrogen sulfide and particulate matter including particulate matter with diameters of 10 microns or less and 2.5 microns or less.

The commission’s executive director has completed the technical review of the application and prepared a draft permit which, if approved, would establish the conditions under which the facility must operate. The executive director has made a preliminary decision to issue the permit because it meets all rules and regulations, the notice added.

A company contact is: Coleto Creek Power LP, Christopher Washington, Manager Environmental, (713) 636-1022.

The coal-fired power plant is controlled by GDF SUEZ Energy North America. The company said in a July 15 statement that Coleto Creek Power is celebrating 35 years of providing electricity to homes and businesses in South Texas. Employees from Coleto Creek Power and parent company GDF SUEZ marked the milestone on June 30 with events welcoming power plant retirees as well as state and local government officials, and community business and non-profit leaders. Operating on 8,300 acres, Coleto Creek Power has a generation capacity of 677 MW and can power 400,000 homes.

Company spokesperson Danni Sabota said in an Oct. 9 e-mail to Generation Hub that the company does not have a new turbine installation project underway at this time, with the permit application filed in anticipation of possible future development.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.