Gas-fired power plant approved for air permit

El Paso Electric Co. received approval for an air quality permit to build a new turbine at its 245 MW natural gas-fired Rio Grande Generating Station in New Mexico, according to the Business Weekly.

The New Mexico Environment Department issued the permit for the General Electric (NYSE: GE) LMS100 turbine, which could reportedly replace one or more of three older natural gas turbines at the facility.

The turbine can generate 95.3 MW of electricity. It will be equipped with a selective catalytic reduction system to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions, and a catalytic oxidizer to reduce carbon monoxide and volatile organic compound emissions.

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