Golden Spread hires NRG for operations and maintenance on two power plants

NRG Energy Services LLC, a subsidiary of NRG Energy (NYSE: NRG), has entered into an agreement with Texas-based Golden Spread Electric Cooperative to provide operations and maintenance (O&M) services for two generating stations.

Golden Spread is a consumer-owned public utility with 16 member systems providing service to approximately 287,000 customers located in the Oklahoma Panhandle and an area covering 24% of Texas, including the Texas Panhandle, South Plains and Edwards Plateau Regions. The two Golden Spread facilities are:

  • Mustang, a 958-MW natural gas turbine plant in Denver City, Texas; and
  • Antelope Elk Energy Center, a 744-MW natural gas facility in Abernathy, Texas.

They will join with nine other generating stations under the O&M responsibilities of NRG Energy Services, representing a 9,200-MW portfolio. Leveraging the experience and expertise of NRG, which operates more than one hundred power plants, NRG Energy Services is able to provide first-rate support to owners of large and small generating fleets.

“We believe that NRG’s strong industry experience and vast resources that provide top tier operations to its own large fleet of assets will provide significant benefit to Golden Spread’s members by bringing the same experience and resources to our generation assets,” said Jeff Pippin, vice president of production at Golden Spread, in a Nov. 29 statement.

Said Jim Locher, president, NRG Energy Services: “We look forward to applying our extensive experience owning, operating and maintaining power plants to support the Mustang and Antelope Elk plants to help Golden Spread achieve their goals for their investment in their facilities.”

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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.