Location: Odessa, TX
Technology: Combined Cycle
Commercial Operation: 2001 - Present
Odessa is an efficient, reliable, clean, and safe producer of electricity located in Odessa, Texas. The plant went into service in 2001. Odessa's efficiency comes from its combined-cycle process, whereby waste heat is recovered and used to make additional electricity rather than releasing that heat into the atmosphere . The 1,000 MW gas -fired combined cycle facility supplies power to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT)system, a well-established power market serving 23 million Texas customers - representing 85 percent of the state's electric load and 75 percent of the Texas land area.
Natural gas, the cleanest burning of all fossil fuels used for electricity production, is the primary fuel. Odessa meets very strict emissions limits for NOx (oxides of nitrogen), carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide and particulates. Continuous emissions monitoring ensures compliance with all permit limits. In addition, Odessa uses water for cooling and steam production. Odessa utilizes well water and has the ability to use the City of Odessa Reuse water.
Technology and Environmental Performance
OEPP uses an automated control system that enables precision operation of the plant and supplies a constant stream of data to plant operators. Operators perform and oversee multiple tasks while computers provide detailed data on all aspects of plant safety and operations from fire temperatures to the quality of the air leaving the stack.
The combined cycle technology utilizes waste heat from the combustion turbines to generate steam which is supplied to the steam turbine to generate additional electricity, thereby increasing the overall efficiency of the unit. Odessa has a highly automated Distributive Control System that allows almost all plant equipment to be monitored and operated from within the control room and with minimal human interaction. In addition, Odessa uses advanced environmental control technologies to ensure that the air emissions comply with the state and federal air quality standards. The emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) are controlled by a combination of dry, low-NOx burner technology and ECOMAX Gas Turbine tuning. Odessa utilizes Evaporative coolers to improve the efficiency of the Gas Turbines and increase MW output.
Safety Excellence Management
Odessa celebrated achieving over a quarter million man hours without a Loss Time Accident or OSHA Recordable Event on November 17, 2010. OEPP previously exceeded this same milestone in April of 2007 and our present goal is to achieve a half million man hours without a Loss Time Accident or OSHA