AEP/Dow, Calpine Building Louisiana Power Plants
It doesn't appear Louisiana is going to run out of power any
time soon. American Electric Power and Dow Chemical last week
announced plans are going forward to construct a 900 MW natural
gas-fired cogeneration plant at Dow's chemical complex in
Plaquemine, LA, at the same time Calpine Corp. revealed it has
acquired the development rights from Cogentrix for the 500 MW
Washington Parish Energy Center, located near Bogalusa.
AEP said it also signed a 20-year contract for an undisclosed
amount to sell all of the facility's generation to Tractebel SA's
energy marketing unit once it is online, expected in early 2003.
Construction of the $325 million facility, scheduled to begin this
year, was first announced last June. Columbus, OH-based AEP will
develop the state-of-the-art facility and subsidiary AEP Pro Serv
will assume contract responsibilities. Dow will operate the
facility, which will be fueled by AEP's Louisiana Interstate Gas
Pipeline. About 620 MW of baseload capacity will come from four
General Electric gas turbines operating in combined cycle and 280
MW of peaking capacity.
Meanwhile, site preparation is under way for the Washington
Parish facility, with construction expected to begin shortly.
Calpine will manage construction and will operate the $300 million
facility when it enters commercial operation in mid-2002. The
generating plant will use two General Electric Frame 7FA gas
combustion turbines in combined-cycle with a single steam turbine,
representing approximately 490 MW of base load capacity, with the
ability to produce up to 577 MW during periods of peak power
demand. The facility will use clean natural gas in conjunction with
an advanced emissions control system, and will be among the
cleanest electric power resources in the State, its sponsors claim.
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