Combined Cycle, Gas, Gas Turbines, New Projects

POWERGEN Exclusive: Tour Entergy’s brand new St. Charles CCGT plant

It’s not often that a group of people fascinated with how power plants work get the chance to see a brand new station up close and personal.

POWERGEN International and Entergy Corp. are offering that opportunity from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. CT Monday, Nov. 18, the day before PGI officially begins in New Orleans. Entergy is opening the doors of its St. Charles Power Station for a tour limited to those first 60 early POWERGEN arrivals who sign up.

Construction on the St. Charles combined-cycle gas turbine plant was completed this spring. Located in nearby Montz, it began commercial operation on May 23.

The 980-MW power plant is a key part of host utility Entergy’s multi-year goal to reduce its carbon footprint by replacing coal-fired generation with gas and renewables. St. Charles will emit 40-percent less carbon dioxide than Entergy’s older gas-fired power stations.

The facility’s state-of-the-art efficiencies are also expected to save Entergy Louisiana customers about $1.3 billion in costs over the anticipated 30-year life of the unit.

McDermott International handled engineering, procurement and construction duties over the site. Inside the plant working are two of (MHPS) Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems’ M501GAC gas turbines, two Nooter Eriksen heat recovery steam generators (HRSGs) and a Toshiba steam turbine and generator (STG) in 2×1 CCGT configuration, according to reports.

McDermott and MHPS both are exhibitors at POWERGEN International, which is happening Nov. 19-21. The conference itself will feature more than 800 exhibitors and 75 content sessions on all facets of the power generation experience.

Entergy employs about 31 people at the plant.  Over the past 13 years, Entergy has added approximately 5,900 MW of clean, highly efficient combined-cycle gas turbine generation, allowing for the deactivation of over 6,300 MW of older, less efficient gas or oil units. 

Seating will be limited for the St. Charles tour and you can register here. Cost is $75 per person.

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