Construction Milestone Reached for New Power Plant Near Fort Pierce
FORT PIERCE, Fla., March 2, 2007 — A 189-ton combustion turbine generator was successfully delivered Feb. 23 to the Treasure Coast Energy Center power plant site near Fort Pierce.
“The delivery of the combustion turbine is a major milestone for this power plant,” said FMPA General Manager and CEO Roger Fontes. “When the plant begins operation in May 2008, Treasure Coast Energy Center will provide reliable, cost-effective power to our growing communities in an efficient and environmentally friendly manner.”
The General Electric 7FA combustion turbine was shipped by rail from Greenville, S.C. The turbine was lifted off the rail car and transferred to a Goldhofer trailer, which specializes in heavy load transportation. The trailer transported the generator to the site where it will be stored until additional equipment arrives. It will then be placed onto the plant’s foundation and prepared for final assembly.
Construction on the $257.4 million project began in August 2006.
Treasure Coast Energy Center is a high-efficiency, natural gas-fired power plant that will generate 300 megawatts, enough electricity to serve approximately 60,000 homes in Florida. With its advanced environmental control technologies, the plant will be one of the lowest emission plants in Florida and one of the highest efficiency plants in the state. Treasure Coast Energy Center will be wholly owned by Florida Municipal Power Agency, and it will be operated under contract by Fort Pierce Utilities Authority.
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Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) is a wholesale power company owned by 30 municipal electric utilities. FMPA provides economies of scale in power generation and related services to support community-owned electric utilities. The members of FMPA serve approximately 1.9 million Floridians. FMPA’s members include Alachua, Bartow, Blountstown, Bushnell, Chattahoochee, Clewiston, Fort Meade, Fort Pierce, Gainesville, Green Cove Springs, Havana, Homestead, Jacksonville Beach, Key West, Kissimmee, Lake Worth, Lakeland, Leesburg, Moore Haven, Mount Dora, New Smyrna Beach, Newberry, Ocala, Orlando, Quincy, St. Cloud, Starke, Vero Beach, Wauchula and Williston. Additional information is available on the Internet at www.fmpa.com.