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AES Receives Approval for Modernization of Huntington Beach Gas Plant

By Editors of Power Engineering

The California Energy Commission granted approval to plans by AES Corp. to modernize its Huntington Beach, California facility with more efficient gas units.

Construction will begin in June on the first phase, which will include a 644-MW generator, the LA Times reported. That phase will be finished by 2020.

The second phase will include two additional generators with a total capacity of 100 MW.

AES’ plan calls for a halt to the use of seawater to cool the plant in order to meet state legislation passed in 2010. Instead, the facility will use air-cooled condensers.

When finished, the new facility will use 50 percent fuel to deliver a similar capacity.

AES had received approval in 2014 for a new facility with a capacity of 939 MW, though the company chose to alter the project a year later.