Coal, Gas

GPUI starts construction on 300 MW cogen plant

Issue 1 and Volume 101.

GPUI starts construction on 300 MW cogen plant

Ground has been broken for a 300 MW power plant, to be built in Kathleen, Ga., for GPU International (GPUI). Construction is under way on the $150 million Middle Georgia Cogeneration Plant, which will be fueled by natural gas. Power will be sold to Georgia Power, and steam will be sold to Frito-Lay`s Perry snack-food processing plant.

The plant will be used by Georgia Power as a peaking plant. One year ago GPUI and Georgia Power signed a 30-year power purchase agreement. GPUI has also signed a 30-year fuel supply agreement with the Municipal Gas Authority of Georgia and the city of Warner Robins to supply and transport about 25 mcf of natural gas per day to the plant. No. 2 fuel oil will be used as backup fuel. Engineering, procurement and construction contractor for the plant is BV¥Power Partners, a partnership of Black & Veatch and H.B. Zachry.

Hardware will include two Westinghouse 501D5A combustion turbines and a Westinghouse steam turbine generator. The plant will have an average annual energy production of 450 million MWh and 350 million pounds of steam. The plant is scheduled for commercial operation in February 1998.