Panda Power Funds today breaks ground on its 778-megawatt (MW) “Stonewall” generating station in Loudoun County, Va. The combined-cycle power plant will be one of the cleanest and most efficient natural gas-fueled power facilities in the United States, and is expected to enter into commercial service on June 1, 2017. The power plant will supply the power needs of approximately 778,000 homes in the Northern Virginia/District of Columbia metropolitan area.
The Panda Stonewall plant has been purposefully designed to minimize impacts to the local community. The facility will utilize the latest emissions-control technology, and will also use reclaimed municipal waste water from the Town of Leesburg to cool the plant, conserving the Commonwealth’s natural supply of drinking water. The plant’s location is well screened by a naturally wooded area. The facility is also being built along existing transmission, eliminating the need for additional power lines.
Panda Power Funds selected a turn-key consortium of Siemens Energy Inc. and Bechtel Power Corp. to build the Stonewall facility. Siemens will provide the power island package including the natural gas turbines, steam turbine, generators, heat recovery steam generators, and instrumentation and controls systems. The turbines for the Stonewall generating station will be manufactured at Siemens’ manufacturing facility in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Bechtel will be responsible for the engineering and procurement for the balance of the plant, and the installation, construction and commissioning of the facility.