Siemens flex plant

Panda Power Funds has commissioned a 758MW natural gas-fueled, combined-cycle power plant in Temple, Texas, the US.

With a capacity to supply power to around 750,000 homes in the central and northern regions of Texas, the plant is claimed to be one of the most advanced gas-fueled power stations in the US, utilising ‘state-of-the-art’ generation and emissions-control technology.

Unlike other conventional power generation facilities that combine gas generation, steam generation and thermal equipment from different manufacturers, the facility was designed by Siemens Energy as one whole integrated unit in order to boost plant efficiency and production.

The company claims that its combustion turbines can synchronize in ten minutes and achieve complete load capacity in just 30 minutes.

The complete facility can achieve complete power production within one hour – this is essential to compensate for lost power in case the wind stops blowing.

Further, by closing the gap in power generation due to intermittent renewable energy, the facility can support the integrity of Texas’s electricity grid.

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Panda Power Funds president and senior partner Todd Carter said: "The Temple power plant represents the very best of what the power industry has to offer and is light years ahead of the competition.

"At present, it is one of the most efficient, cleanest, fastest starting and best performing combined-cycle power plants in the entire US fleet."

"It is one of the most efficient, cleanest, fastest starting and best performing combined-cycle power plants in the entire US fleet."

The power facility was constructed by a consortium of Bechtel and Siemens Energy, which is a supplier of turbine technology.

As a part of the construction contract, Siemens provided natural gas turbines, steam turbine and waste heat recovery boilers, which were manafactured at its North Carolina Charlotte facility.

Bechtel was responsible for engineering and procurement works in addition to the installation, construction and commissioning of the facility.

Currently, Bechtel and Siemens Energy are developing the 758MW Panda Temple II power project, which will take the total power output of both the projects to 1,516MW, enough to supply power to 1.5 million homes.

Image: The multi-shaft combined cycle plant is a Siemens Flex-Plant configuration, with a gross installed electrical capacity of 758MW. Photo: courtesy of Panda Power Generation / Siemens AG.