New NG power plant for Cherokee County

Started March 19, 2017 at 07:39 pm by @dbob in Haynesville Shale

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03/19/17 07:39:02PM

3450 megawatts, constructed in three 1150 megawatt phases.  Initial power generation in Fall 2019.  I expect at that size, its intended to be largely base load.  I forget what that works out to in terms of BCF.  


  • FGE Eagle Pines represents over $2.1 billion of direct investment in Cherokee County and the State of Texas
  • FGE Eagle Pines will create 3,450 MW of capacity, generating electricity to power over 3.5 million homes
  • Delivering high efficiency and high flexibility power to meet the power supply challenges across Texas with short and long term economic growth


  • FGE Eagle Pines represents over $2.1 billion of direct and indirect expenditures, over $200 million of additional tax revenue for the county’s tax authorities, and $5 million in annual wages for the facility’s employees
  • FGE Eagle Pines will create over 800 jobs during construction and over 40 permanent staff positions once fully operational (across Phase I, Phase II and Phase III)


  • Recently awarded largest Air Permit in State history by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
  • Will utilize non-potable water supply for cooling system, allowing for drastically increased operational efficiency versus an air-cooled configuration while minimizing any impact on local water resources
Skip Peel - Independent Landman
03/19/17 07:58:00PM @skip-peel-independent-landman:

Thanks for posting, dbob.  Emphasis added is my own.

Facility Facts:

Details: three-phased 3,450MW CCGT Facility

Location: Cherokee County, Texas

Capacity: 3,450MW (1,150MW per phase)

Type of Facility: High Efficiency, Super Low Emissions Combined-Cycle Power Generation Station

Technology: Alstom/GE KA36

Fuel: Clean Natural Gas

Initial Operation Date: Fall 2019

Michael Lowe
03/19/17 08:52:25PM @michael-lowe:
Can't wait!!!!!
03/19/17 09:32:16PM @kennethkadams:

Huge! Where in county? East or West?

03/20/17 08:47:13AM @jffree1:

Cherokee Co. is East Texas west, northwest of Nacogdoches.

03/20/17 09:13:18AM @kennethkadams:

Just curious. There's an old power plant at Lake Stryker on the eastern border of Cherokee County. Power lines, gas pipe lines, water source, and property are there. I worked at Stryker Creek SES many years ago. Its a great thing for the whole area.

Skip Peel - Independent Landman
03/20/17 09:21:30AM @skip-peel-independent-landman:

"A combined-cycle power plant uses both a gas and a steam turbine together to produce up to 50 percent more electricity from the same fuel than a traditional simple-cycle plant. The waste heat from the gas turbine is routed to the nearby steam turbine, which generates extra power."

Natural gas fired combined-cycle power plants are now the industry standard.  Regardless of changes in regulations coal fired plants are history.  Repealing the CPP may provide a few years of additional operational life to existing coal fired plants but the industry has already signaled that they will not be investing in bringing back coal.

Kathy M. Stephens
03/20/17 11:16:10AM @kathy-m-stephens:

Great news!  There are a number of lignite fired plants within a 100 mile radius of this location.

Skip Peel - Independent Landman
03/20/17 11:21:48AM @skip-peel-independent-landman:

Of all the grades of coal, lignite is the dirtiest.  There is a CLECO plant in the Boyce area that keeps two lignite mines in DeSoto Parish in business.

03/20/17 04:22:00PM @kennethkadams:

I have 35+ years at thermal power plants of all kinds. Combined cycle is the best. When the wind don't blow, and the sun don't shine, and the skies stay cloudy all day CCs keep cranking with good old NG and minimal environmental impact. Fully developed, this one can light up a good part of Big D.  Not bad until utopia. I'm impressed.

03/20/17 10:17:59PM @dbob:

This one would be near New Summerfield. Not sure if it will use Lake Stryker or not. There is at least one other smaller one proposed for Cherokee County, but this is the first one where construction is imminent to my knowledge.   The biggest thing, IMHO, is this is a rather large baseload plant.  If you look at the size, it looks like they can bring 1.15 gigawatts online every 18 months.  To build a nuke plant or new hydro plant of this size would take decades, if at all.  

03/21/17 02:38:11PM @kennethkadams:

New Summerfield is about 4 miles NW of the original TP&L plant site on Lake Striker.




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