Halyard Energy Ventures wins permit for 400 MW gas-fired power plant

Runner Up, Best Natural Gas-Fired Project

Halyard Energy Ventures said the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has issued an air quality permit authorizing the construction and operation of the Halyard Henderson Energy Center in Henderson County, Texas.

This is the second air permit that Halyard has received from TCEQ in the past three months, the first being for the 350 MW Halyard Wharton Energy Center in Wharton County.

The HHEC will be a nominal 400 MW natural gas-fired, simple-cycle facility. It has received all permits required to begin construction, including its air quality permit and water supply permit.

The project is located within the Electric Reliability Council of Texas. The HHEC will deliver clean, natural gas peaking energy, complementing the amount of intermittent wind capacity that has been added to the ERCOT market in recent years.

TCEQ records show the plant site is located on County Road 4402, about 0.30 miles west of the intersection of County Road 4402 and Texas Farm to Market 2588, near Larue in Henderson County.

In addition to receiving the air quality permit, the HHEC has finalized interconnections with both the electric grid and gas pipelines. The transmission interconnection will allow power to flow to the high-density metropolitan load centers of Dallas-Ft. Worth and Waco.

"With five natural-gas developments underway and two of them fully permitted, we are taking a lead in delivering added capacity to meet energy demand within ERCOT," said Karl Dahlstrom, partner at Halyard. "Our projects deliver flexible, quick-start, efficient peaking capacity to complement renewable power in the market."

Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Halyard Energy Ventures was formed to manage the greenfield development, construction and operation of a portfolio of five gas-fired simple-cycle power plant projects within ERCOT. The principals of Halyard have a long track record of developing commercial scale power plants from inception to operation.

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