Entergy Texas has broken ground on the Montgomery County Power Station (MCPS), the company’s first power plant in 40 years, in Texas.
The facility is expected to provide a new source of reliable, low-cost and clean energy to meet the power demand from 455,000 customers in the 27 counties located across Southeast Texas.
MCPS is a 993MW combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) plant being constructed adjacent to the existing Lewis Creek Power Plant in Willis.
Entergy Texas president and CEO Sallie Rainer said: “Southeast Texas is growing, and Entergy Texas needs to invest now to power that growth.
“By providing reliable, affordable power, we can meet our customers’ needs today, while laying the foundation for future growth across our region.”
The MCPS is also expected to modernise Entergy Texas’ generation fleet using new technology that will provide a cleaner and more efficient source of power, providing a savings of approximately $1.7bn to customers over the next 30 years.
In addition to meeting customer needs, MCPS is also expected to generate an estimated $1bn in economic activity across the state, apart from creating more than 7,000 direct, indirect, induced jobs.
Rainer said: “We are committed to making investments that move our customers and communities forward. MCPS is a part of our $2 billion investment in infrastructure that will create jobs, spur economic development and serve our customers.”
The company has issued final notice to proceed on the plan in August 2018 and the plant is expected to be online by mid-2021.
In September 2018, McDermott has received full notice to proceed (FNTP) from Entergy Texas on the MCPS.
The substantial contract was originally awarded in the first quarter of 2017 for McDermott to perform the EPCC of a 2x1 Combined Cycle Power Station totalling 993MW.
McDermott defines a substantial contract as between $500m and $750m.
McDermott senior vice president for North, Central and South America Richard Heo said at that time: “McDermott congratulates Entergy Texas on receiving full notice to proceed and we commend their vision of delivering clean energy solutions to southeast Texas.
“This combined-cycle project, along with two other power projects we are executing for Entergy in Louisiana, underscores our strong track record and comprehensive capabilities in providing integrated solutions for leading power companies in the US.”
Image: Entergy Texas breaks ground on 993MW power plant. Photo: Courtesy of Entergy Corporation.