A new natural gas-fueled power plant to be built near Marble Falls, TX, for the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) will be the first combined-cycle plant in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) region to meet the latest greenhouse gas regulations of the Environmental Protection Agency, according to GE, turbine provider to the project.

The facility will feature reductions in the amount of fuel and water consumed and emissions generated relative to the aging, less efficient plant it is replacing, GE said.

GE will supply two Frame 7FA Gas Turbine-Generators in a two-on-one combined-cycle plant, along with installation and commissioning and technical assistance, to Fluor Corp., the engineering, procurement and construction contractor for the Ferguson Replacement Project.

LCRA will own and operate the 54 MW facility, which is replacing the 420 MW, 37-year-old gas-fueled Thomas C. Ferguson Power Plant at the same site.

“This new, advanced technology combined-cycle power plant will use significantly less fuel than the gas-fired plant it is replacing,” said LCRA’s Michael McCluskey, manager of generation resource development. “The plant will provide a more efficient, cleaner source of electricity for the community, and the project construction will make a significant contribution to the area’s economy.”

By supplying wholesale power to 42 city-owned utilities and electric cooperatives and one former co-op, LCRA serves more than 1.1 million people in the central Texas region.

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