Panoche Energy Project - Firebaugh, Calif.
The Kiewit team was awarded the contract to engineer, procure and construct the 400-megawatt simple cycle power plant with four GE LMS100 natural gas-ﬁred combustion turbines. The project also includes a Deltak selective catalytic converter for nitrous oxide (NO ) control to 2.5 ppmvd and a carbon monoxide (CO) catalyst for CO control to 6 ppmvd; a Water & Power Technologies, Inc. water treatment system; and an EvapTech cooling tower.
Kiewit’s vast California project experience allowed the project team to move forward quickly, working side-by-side with agencies using formal review and approval processes, including the California Energy Commission (CEC). The Panoche Energy Center is governed by all the requirements set forth by the CEC and includes strict conformance to all air quality and environment laws as required by the state of California.
The Panoche Energy Center was one of the ﬁrst EPC contracts and the ﬁrst power plant in California to use GE LMS100 combustion turbines, currently the most efﬁcient gas turbine available.
While this project is important to California’s need for peaking power during the demanding summer months, the Panoche Energy Center is also important to the owner. Long-term plans include additional investments and facility development throughout California.