Gas, New Projects

Entergy Receives Approval for 994-MW Combined-Cycle Plant in Louisiana

By Editors of Power Engineering

The Louisiana Public Service Commission has approved Entergy’s plans to build the Lake Charles Power Station, a 994-MW combined-cycle power plant in Westlake, Louisiana.

Entergy plans to start construction on August 1, and enter the plant into service by June 2020. The company expects the plant to cost $872 million, including transmission costs.

“The Lake Charles Power Station will supply the energy we need to help the communities and customers we serve prosper. This plant will not only provide needed generating capacity for the fast-growing region, but it’s another step in our ongoing effort to upgrade Entergy Louisiana’s plants so they operate more efficiently, affordably and with fewer emissions,” said Phillip May, president and CEO of Entergy Louisiana.

The plant’s high level of efficiency is expected to save customers between $1.3 billion and $2 billion over 30 years. It will also lower carbon emissions by 40 percent compared to older natural gas plants.