Lackawanna Energy Center begins operations in US

16 January 2019 (Last Updated July 1st, 2020 16:52)

Invenergy has started commercial operations at Lackawanna Energy Center outside Scranton in Pennsylvania, US. 

Lackawanna Energy Center begins operations in US
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Invenergy has started commercial operations at Lackawanna Energy Center outside Scranton in Pennsylvania, US.

Developed, constructed and operated by Invenergy, Lackawanna Energy Center is a 1,485MW natural gas combined-cycle electric generation facility.

The facility has the capacity to power more than one million homes in the region and generate over $50m in revenue over the life of the project for its host community, the Borough of Jessup, Pennsylvania.

Invenergy founder and CEO Michael Polsky said: “We are tremendously proud to go online with the Lackawanna Energy Center, the largest and most technically sophisticated power plant Invenergy has ever developed, built and operated.

“This milestone is an incredible achievement for our team and project partners, who have delivered on our commitment to generate clean power, good jobs, and local community investment through this project.”

Invenergy partnered with Kiewit Power Constructors for the project construction that began in 2016.

“The facility features single-shaft design where each of three 500MW power islands comprises a combustion turbine and steam turbine that share a single generator.”

The facility features single-shaft design where each of three 500MW power islands comprises a combustion turbine and steam turbine that share a single generator. This is intended to optimise facility efficiency while still allowing for the independent operation of each natural gas turbine, according to the company.

Lackawanna Energy Center is equipped with three General Electric (GE) 7HA.02 high-efficiency, air-cooled natural gas combustion turbines.

GE Power Gas Power Systems business president and CEO Chuck Nugent said: “GE and Invenergy’s long-standing relationship brings together two organisations focused on powering the world more efficiently and sustainably with the world’s most advanced technology.

“We are proud to continue this relationship and to supply Invenergy’s state-of-the-art Lackawanna facility with the HA turbine, the world’s largest and most efficient gas turbine.”

During peak construction, the project is said to have created 1,200 employment opportunities and currently has created 30 full-time operations positions.

In addition, the administration and control building of the facility is claimed to be LEED-Gold certified, featuring a solar array on the roof. Its design is claimed to be 60% more energy efficient than similar conventional buildings.