Wärtsilä North America and Lea County Electric Co-op Inc. (LCEC), a member-owned co-op headquartered in Lovington, N.M., said the 46.7 MW Lea County Electric Co-op Inc. Generation Plant is now operational.
The new plant, supplied by Wärtsilä, consists of five 20-cylinder Wärtsilä 34SG generating sets running on natural gas, together with associated equipment including selective catalytic reduction (SCR) units for reducing greenhouse gas and nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions. The LCEC Generation Plant began construction in April 2011 and was completed ahead of schedule.
The plant will produce electricity for the LCEC members and the Southwest Power Pool.
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