The North Pole Expansion Power Plant project is helping GVEA meet increasing power requirements. The recent addition of the Strategic Missile Defense System and Pogo Gold Mine, and providing power to Alyeska's Pump Station #9 has increased GVEA's system power demand by over 30 megawatts.
The North Pole Expansion Plant adds 60 megawatts (MW) of generation at the existing 120-MW North Pole Power Plant site, which was built in 1975.
The project entailed installing a 47-MW combustion turbine with a steam turbine that allows us to generate an additional 13 MW. As demand increases, we can add another combustion turbine, raising capacity at the new plant to 120 MW.
The plant is energy efficient and clean burning. The steam turbine uses the waste heat from the combustion turbines to produce power. The combustion turbine uses water injection combustion controls to control nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions, low sulfur fuel to control sulfur dioxide emissions and a carbon monoxide catalyst to control emissions of CO. The plant burns Naphtha, an extremely clean burning fuel, produced at the next-door Flint Hills refinery. The total combined sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions from the two existing 60-MW gas turbines and the new 60-MW plant are lower than what is currently permitted for the existing power plant by the Department of Environmental Conservation. If natural gas comes to the Interior, the NPE will have the ability to burn gas.
- $100 million
|Summer/Fall 2002||Conceptual design|
|2nd quarter 2004||Ground breaking.|
|4th quarter 2006||Start up plant and testing.|
|1st quarter 2007||Completed testing|
|March 2007||Began commercial operation|