Panda Power Funds’ 758MW natural gas power plant in Texas begins production

20 November 2014 (Last Updated November 20th, 2014 18:30)

Private equity firm Panda Power Funds has commissioned the 758MW natural gas-fuelled combined-cycle power plant (CCPT) in Sherman, Texas, US.

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Private equity firm Panda Power Funds has commissioned the 758MW natural gas-fuelled combined-cycle power plant (CCPT) in Sherman, Texas, US.

The plant has the capacity to meet the energy requirements of 758,000 households.

Developed by a turnkey construction consortium of Bechtel and Siemens Energy, the plant features a completely integrated unit and is equipped with advanced combustion turbines with emissions-control technology.

While Siemens Energy provided the power island package that included the natural gas turbines, steam turbine and waste heat recovery boilers for the plant, Bechtel performed the engineering and procurement works.

Bechtel was also responsible for project management, installation and commissioning at the facility.

Panda Power Funds president and senior partner Todd Carter said: "Several years ago, we clearly saw the need for more electric power.

"That’s why we stepped up and built this plant while the rest of the competition sat on the sidelines."

"The plant’s advanced technology enables the plant to produce higher power output on higher temperature days, which is important in this region."

Siemens has installed a new breed of generation and emissions-control technology at the Panda Sherman plant. It has an integrated unit engineered by Siemens Energy.

The design of the combustion turbines accommodates future upgrades.

Siemens Energy Solutions Americas senior executive vice-president Martin Tartibi said: "The plant’s advanced technology enables the plant to produce higher power output on higher temperature days, which is important in this region."

Bechtel had also constructed an identical Panda Power Temple I project in Temple, Texas. The 758MW natural gas-fuelled, combined-cycle power plant was commissioned in September.

Bechtel Siemens consortium is currently working on Panda Temple II Generating Station, which is located next to Panda Temple I, and the Panda Stonewall Power Project in Leesburg, Virginia.

Together, the four projects are expected to meet electricity requirements of around three million homes.


Image: The plant has the capacity to meet the energy requirements of 758,000 households. Photo: courtesy of Business Wire.

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