Richmond natural gas-fired power plant enters service

The 600 MW Power Block 5 at Progress Energy’s Richmond County Energy Complex in North Carolina entered service June 8.

The $575 million, combined-cycle natural gas-fired project was completed on schedule and under budget. Progress must design and build a 64-mile-long 230 kV transmission power line.

Power Block 5 has two dual-fuel combustion turbine generating units, two heat-recovery steam generator units and one steam turbine generating unit. Power Block 5 is one of two combined-cycle blocks located at the power plant. The previous one, Power Block 4, began operation in 2002.

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