Entergy Texas officials have broken ground on a new, 993-MW gas turbine combined cycle power plant in the southeast part of the state.
The ceremony symbolically marked the start of construction for the Montgomery County Power Station. It is under construction next to the existing Lewis Creek Power Plant in Willis.
“Southeast Texas is growing, and Entergy Texas needs to invest now to power that growth,” said Sallie Rainer, president and CEO of Entergy Texas, Inc., in a statement. “By providing reliable, affordable power, we can meet our customers’ needs today, while laying the foundation for future growth across our region.”
McDermott International is providing engineering, construction and commissioning work for the power station.
“Today’s groundbreaking ceremony marks an important milestone on this power project for Entergy Texas,” said Richard Heo, McDermott’s senior vice president for North, Central and South America. “This project demonstrates McDermott’s continued commitment to the power industry. We are proud to support our customers, like Entergy, who build power generation stations that provide clean, reliable and affordable power in the communities in which they operate.”
The construction of MCPS will modernize Entergy Texas’ generation fleet using new technology that provides a cleaner and more efficient source of power, Entergy Texas said. This efficient technology will benefit customers by providing a savings of approximately $1.7 billion over the next 30 years, according to the company.
An independent economic analysis by TXP, Inc. estimates that construction alone is expected to generate an estimated $1 billion in economic activity across the state. Additionally, construction is expected to create a multiplier effect of more than 7,000 jobs (direct, indirect, induced).
“We are committed to making investments that move our customers and communities forward,” said Rainer. “MCPS is a part of our $2 billion investment in infrastructure that will create jobs, spur economic development and serve our customers.”
Entergy issued final notice to proceed on the plan in August 2018. The plant is expected to be online by mid-2021.
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