Baton Rouge, La., April 9, 2012 — Entergy Louisiana is moving forward with its plans to build a new gas-fired generating unit in Westwego, La.
Per recent approval by the Louisiana Public Service Commission, the utility has given Shaw Group Inc. full notice to proceed with construction of Ninemile Unit 6, a 550-MW dual fuel combined cycle gas turbine generating unit at its existing Ninemile Point Station.
Units of the Shaw Group will serve as the engineering, procurement and construction contractor for the construction of Ninemile Unit 6 and will work in conjunction with an in-house Entergy management team on the project.
The full notice to proceed with construction came after the LPSC's March 21 approval of Entergy Louisiana's and Entergy Gulf States Louisiana's application seeking certification to construct the unit. The two Entergy subsidiaries filed the application with the commission in June 2011.
The cost to construct the unit is currently estimated at $721 million and is expected to provide significant economic benefits to Jefferson Parish and its adjoining communities. The unit is expected to enter commercial operation the first part of 2015.
Entergy Louisiana will construct and own Ninemile Unit 6 and retain 55 percent of the capacity and energy output of the unit, while Entergy Gulf States Louisiana and Entergy New Orleans, Inc. will purchase 25 percent and 20 percent, respectively, of the capacity and energy of the unit via life-of-unit power purchase agreements.
The combined-cycle gas turbine unit will use modern pollution controls and technology to produce highly efficient, clean and reliable power and could produce fuel savings for customers ranging from $26 million to $53 million per year.
Through its advanced pollution-control systems, the unit will be among the cleanest natural gas-fired generating plants in the nation. Ninemile Unit 6 will further Entergy's position as one of the cleanest electric utilities in the country. Entergy's fleet emits lower amounts of carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide and sulfur dioxide than the average utility in the country.
Entergy Louisiana and Entergy Gulf States Louisiana together serve more than one million customers. With operations in southern, central and northeastern Louisiana, the companies are part of Entergy Corporation's electric system serving 2.8 million customers in Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas.