Power Plant Wins with Low Fuel Costs, High Efficiency The abundance of natural gas in areas near the Marcellus and Utica shale plays has led to construction of several new gas-fired power plants in the region. The abundance of natural gas in areas near the Marcellus and Utica shale plays has led to construction of several new gas-fired power plants in the region. Shale gas is natural gas primarily methane—found in shale formations, some of which were formed during the Devonian and Ordovician periods of Earth’s history.
In its most-recent estimate of proved natural gas reserves, which are those volumes of shale gas that geological and engineering data demonstrate with reasonable certainty to be recoverable in future years from known reservoirs under existing economic and operating conditions, the U.S. With all that relatively inexpensive fuel available, it’s not surprising to see new natural gas-fired power plants springing up in the Marcellus and Utica regions.
It receives its fuel via the Dominion East Ohio gas system, which allows it to produce power cheaper than many other generators. Under the project labor agreement, the Western Reserve Building Trades did a great job supporting the project with skilled labor: Jason Pillai, general manager for LEC, told POWER.
The LEC facility includes two SGT6- 8000H gas turbines, one SST6-5000 steam turbine, two air-cooled SGen6- 1200A generators, one hydrogen-cooled SGen6-2000H generator, two heat recovery steam generators (Figure 1), and an SPPA-73000 control system, all supplied by Siemens.
‘As far as (LEC) technology goes, there isn’t any first-of-a-kind technology on the project, but there is still cutting-edge technology such as Clean-Ramp, Steam Assist, the DASH system, and Co-Start feature:’ Chris Mieckowski, director of Global Solutions Marketing with Siemens Gas and Power, told POWER. Meanwhile, the Co-Start feature provides fast and efficient plant startup with reduced fuel costs and increases revenue generation by enabling the plant to make more power in a shorter time.
As a major asset to the village of about 3,240 residents, and a reliable and efficient power producer for the region, LEC is deserving of recognition as a POWER Top Plant.