Entergy Texas readies application for new gas-fired power project

The Entergy Texas unit of Entergy Corp. (NYSE: ETR) on Sept. 30 filed a brief notice with the Public Utility Commission of Texas about plans to seek approval of a new power plant. 

Said the notice: “Entergy Texas, Inc. (ETI) will be filing an application for approval to construct a new gas-fired generation facility in Montgomery County, which we intend to file within the next few days. We are finalizing the application now and request an early assignment of a docket number for this case with the following style: Application of Entergy Texas Inc. for the Certificate of Convenience and Necessity to Construct Montgomery County Power Station.”

No project details are offered in that filing.

The updated capital plan for 2016-2018 for Entergy Corp. reflects capital plan refinements and includes specific investments in gas-fired capacity, said Entergy in its Aug. 4 quarterly Form 10-Q report. The financial report said these investments include: the purchase of the Union Power Station in Arkansas in March 2016; construction of the St. Charles Power Station and the New Orleans Power Station; the self-build option at Entergy Louisiana’s Nelson site selected in a request for proposal (RFP); and the self-build option at Entergy Texas’s Lewis Creek site selected in another RFP.

The Form 10-Q does not describe the Lewis Creek project. A description offered in the Entergy Texas RFP from last year says Lewis Creek is a CCGT facility that would be built at the Lewis Creek site in Willis in Montgomery County, Texas. It will not have dual-fuel capability and will be sized at no less than 800 MW (summer conditions, at full load, including duct firing) and no more than 1,000 MW (summer conditions, at full load, including duct-firing).

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