Dynegy Starts Up 800 MW Plant in NC
Dynegy Inc. has started full-scale operations at the Rockingham
Power Plant, a simple-cycle generating facility in Rockingham
County, NC. The 800 MW plant, developed in just 12 months, is the
third generation facility Dynegy has put on line this summer.
The plant brings to 1,055 the total megawatts added. It is the
largest facility developed by Dynegy under its planned generation
The Rockingham plant currently is supplying Duke Power, a
division of Duke Energy Corp., with 600 MW of capacity. Under the
terms of a power purchase agreement signed by Dynegy and Duke Power
in September 1998, Duke Power will purchase 600 MW for
three-and-a-half years beginning this month. Dynegy Marketing and
Trade is marketing the remaining 200 MW capacity in the wholesale
electricity market to investor-owned utilities, electric
cooperatives and municipalities throughout the Southeast and other
regions of the country.
"As one of the first new generation projects completed in the
state of North Carolina, this facility will enhance electric
service reliability in a region experiencing rapid growth," said
Steve Bergstrom, Dynegy president.
The Rockingham Power Plant is located on a 69-acre site near
Bethany, NC. It consists of five dual fuel-fired combustion
turbines. Natural gas to fuel the facility is delivered through a
pipeline interconnect with Williams. Dynegy signed a long-term
natural gas interconnection agreement with Williams in July 1999 to
provide capacity for up to 222 MMcf/d. Transmission access for
power transactions is delivered via a 230 kV Duke Energy
transmission line interconnect near the plant.
Dynegy's other additions include the recently completed an
expansion at its Rocky Road Power Plant near Chicago. The
installation of an additional 100 MW natural gas-fired combustion
turbine in less than 11 months increased the facility's generating
capacity to a nominal 350 MW. Dynegy began operations at the
Calcasieu Generation Project, a 155 MW natural gas-fired peaking
facility near Lake Charles, La., on May 31, 2000. The company has
projects underway to add another 1,200 MW next summer.
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