Louisiana adds 560MW gas power plant
Entergy Louisiana completed a 560MW power generation project in December – one of the largest to be added in the United States in 2014, according to a report by SNL Financial.
The $655 million Ninemile 6 combined-cycle gas turbine unit in Westwego, Louisiana, was the seventh largest power project to come online last year, according to the report.
The facility, authorized by the state’s Public Service Commission 3 years ago, is part of Entergy Louisiana’s plan to modernize its assets while helping the state meet its energy needs.
“Our rapidly growing economy is bringing thousands of new jobs and residents to our state, which is driving a large demand for energy,” says Phillip May, president and CEO of Entergy Louisiana LLC and Entergy Gulf States Louisiana LLC.
The unit is the most modern and energy-efficient generator in the company’s portfolio, using modern pollution controls and combined-cycle turbine technology to produce efficient, clean power.
Entergy Louisiana owns the facility, but Entergy Gulf States Louisiana and Entergy New Orleans will purchase 25% and 20%, respectively, of the new unit’s output.
Top oil/gas producer
Louisiana contains approximately 10% of known U.S. oil reserves and is the country’s third largest petroleum producer, says the state’s Division of Administration (DOA). Its natural gas reserves are even larger, producing more than 25% of all U.S. supplies.
The Energy Information Administration reports that the state was second only to Texas in both total and operating refinery capacity with 19 operating refineries. Louisiana has facilities run by Exxon, Shell, Citgo, Marathon, Conoco, and BP, including one of the four largest in the Western Hemisphere.
It is also home to the Henry Hub in Erath, which connects nine interstate and four intrastate pipelines that provide access to major markets throughout the U.S.
The Louisiana Offshore Oil Port is the only port in the country that can offload deep draft tankers, according to the EIA.