FGE Texas, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of FGE Power, LLC, a Houston-based power generation firm, announced that it plans to build a new 726 MW cleaner burning, natural gas-fired power plant near the community of Westbrook, Mitchell County, Texas.
The 2x1 combined-cycle facility will deploy Alstom Thermal Power’s next generation KA-24 platform making it one of the most efficient among natural gas plants in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). The new power plant will also have class leading environmental performance for a facility of its type and possess a unique dispatch flexibility to respond to ERCOT’s large wind resource and peak load demands.
“The Project marks a major milestone in providing for the growing need for clean and affordable power in Texas,” said Emerson Farrell, President and CEO of FGE Power. “We are now one step closer toward that goal and one step closer to bringing about a great economic opportunity in the Mitchell County Community to which we all owe a great amount of gratitude.”
The facility will be located on land supplied by Mitchell County, benefit from on-site high voltage power lines, and access to natural gas from the area’s rapidly developing Cline Shale formation.
FGE Power expects to create over 400 construction jobs during development and an estimated 20 operating jobs upon completion. The current project schedule calls for construction to begin in 2013 with commercial operations slated for 2016.