Calpine Plant to Burn Sable Gas
Calpine Corp., a San Jose-based independent power company,
announced plans to build, own and operate a 540-megawatt gas-fired
power plant in Westbrook, ME. Calpine acquired development rights
for the Westbrook Power Plant from Genesis Power Corp. of Needham,
MA. Construction of the $300 million facility is scheduled to begin
later this month. The plant, which will burn about 90 MMcf/d, is
scheduled to begin power deliveries as early as November 2000 and
will serve the New England market. Westbrook is Calpine's fourth
combined-cycle facility under development in the New England
Natural gas for the Westbrook facility will be transported
through a dedicated connection to a pipeline jointly owned and
managed by Portland Natural Gas Transmission System and Maritimes
and Northeast Pipeline. This jointly owned pipeline, located
between Westbrook and Dracut, MA, will provide the facility with
access to gas from the Sable Offshore Energy Project as well as
western Canadian and mid-western and southern U.S. gas reserves.
"With the addition of the Westbrook Power Plant, Calpine's New
England power portfolio will produce enough electricity to supply
more than one million households by 2000," said Bob Alff, Calpine's
vice president - eastern region. "We look forward to providing the
communities we serve with a much needed source of clean, reliable
and affordable energy."
New England is one of the most attractive, highest priced energy
markets in the nation. The region's 23,000 MW power base is
comprised of many old, inefficient oil and coal-fired facilities
and nuclear power plants. To date, about 2,400 MW of nuclear
production has been retired, with an additional 500 MW of capacity
slated for closure by 2003.
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