FPL to Add 2,500 MW of Gas-Fired Generation
Florida Power & Light Co. announced plans last week to
accelerate by one year an expansion of its power generating system.
The expansion will take place in phases with the first phase being
completed in 2001. In total, the expansion will add 2,500 MW of new
gas-fired generation capacity at three power plant locations over
the next eight years with the majority coming on line by 2003.
"Peak demand for electricity this summer exceeded last year's
summer peak on 43 days," FPL President Paul Evanson said. "FPL met
this demand, but it's clear that a revised and more flexible
expansion schedule is necessary."
FPL plans to triple the capacity of its Fort Myers plant in
Southwest Florida, where demand is growing 40% faster than the rest
of its service territory. The Fort Myers project will provide 1,400
MW of capacity when the repowered plant is fully operational at the
end of 2001. The expanded plant will require a new 100-mile gas
transmission pipeline, and FPL said it currently is negotiating a
construction and supply contract with major pipeline and marketing
companies. Two of six planned combustion turbines at Fort Myers
will be operational by winter of 2001. The other four turbines are
scheduled to be operational during the summer of 2001, and
remaining work will be completed by December.
The second site in FPL's plan is the 933 MW Sanford plant. An
expansion would include repowering two of its three oil- and
gas-fired units by January 2003, with combustion turbines added in
phases. The first of six turbines would enter service in early
2002. FPL's plan also recommends two gas-fired units by 2007 at the
Martin County station, which currently operates two oil-fired and
two gas- fired units. FPL said it has not completed calculations on
the additional gas supply that will be required following the
expansions, but a spokesman said the incremental supply
requirements would be "significant."
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