By Editors of Power Engineering
Panda Power Funds and officials from across Pennsylvania marked the official commissioning of the Liberty gas-fired plant.
The plant is the first to take advantage of natural gas reserves discovered in the Marcellus Shale.
Liberty, a combined-cycle plant, has a total capacity of 829-MW.
Liberty was originally under development by Moxie Energy, though Panda Power acquired it in August 2013.
Siemens provided two wo SGT6-8000H gas turbines, two SST6-5000 steam turbines, two hydrogen-cooled SGen6-2000H generators, and two heat recovery steam generators for the facility, along with the complete electrical system and SPPA-T3000 instrumentation and control system.
Additionally, the plant will be cooled with air rather than water.
Panda Power Funds has also built a “sister” generating facility, the 829 MW Patriot combined-cycle power plant outside of Williamsport which entered commercial service approximately two months after the Liberty plant.
Additionally, Panda is developing the 1,124-MW gas-fired Hummel Station in Pennsylvania. That facility is expected to begin operations in 2018.
For a video tour of Panda Liberty, click here.