NRG restarts dormant Gregory gas-fired plant in Corpus Christi

As promised, NRG Energy has brought back a Texas natural gas-fired plant which had been offline for nearly three years.

The 385-MW Gregory plant in Corpus Christi was shut down in late 2016. It was taken offline when cogeneration partner Sherwin Alumina filed for bankruptcy and discontinued operations.

NRG announced in May that it would restart the combined cycle facility pending solutions of some final Sherwin issues. Those bankruptcy issues are resolved and the Gregory plant returned to service as a combined cycle operation this summer.

At full power, the Gregory plant can meet the needs of approximately 77,000 homes on the hottest days of the year.

NRG acquired the Gregory cogeneration facility for about $244 million in 2013. It produced electricity, steam and processed water to the Sherwin Alumina plant.

Last year, Cheniere Energy said it might purchase the former Sherwin site as part of a plan to expand its liquified natural gas operations. In 2003 the company signed a partnership with a Sherwin affiliate to develop LNG receiving facilities.


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