Friday, December 21, 2018

2 Natural Gas Power Plants Beginning Operations In Westmoreland, York Counties Have Combined Generating Capacity Of 1.7 Gigawatts

On December 21, the 940-MW Tenaska natural gas power plant in Westmoreland County began operations and Calpine’s 828-MW York 2 Energy Center natural gas power plant began start up operations in York County.
The Tenaska Westmoreland is located near Smithton in South Huntingdon Township, Westmoreland Countycan generate enough power for about 940,000 homes.
"Tenaska Westmoreland is a highly efficient generating facility that is well suited to meet the needs of the PJM market," said Tenaska CEO and Vice Chairman Jerry Crouse. "We are excited to have this plant join our operating fleet, and we look forward to Tenaska Westmoreland being a reliable power producer for decades to come."
York 2 Energy Center
McDermott International, Inc. announced it successfully achieved first fire of units 5 and 6 and steam blows at Calpine's York 2 Energy Center, an 828-MW combined-cycle natural gas power station in Peach Bottom Township,York County.
First fire and steam blows are critical milestones for the power plant as it validates the operability of the new facility. As a result of this milestone, units 5 and 6 are generating power for one of America's largest generators of electricity from natural gas and geothermal resources.
"As we mark this project milestone, we are one step closer to delivering a world-class power project for Calpine," said Richard Heo, McDermott's Senior Vice President for North, Central and South America. "This combined-cycle project is an excellent example of McDermott's experience and comprehensive capabilities in providing vertically-integrated solutions for leading power companies in the U.S."
Ironically, nearby Three Mile Island Nuclear Power Plant has a generating capacity of 837-MW, almost exactly the same size.
Calpine’s York Energy Center, which is on the same site as its York 2 Energy Center, has been operating since 2011 with a generating capacity of 565-MW.
In May, the U.S. Energy Information Agency estimated Pennsylvania would see 5.2 gigawatts of natural gas-fired electric power generation come online during 2018.
(Photo: Tenaska said this photo represents a power plant almost the same as Tenaska Westmoreland.)
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