Gas- and Oil-fired Plants in the USA - Texas - M to W
Mission Road
Location: TX
Operator: CPS Energy
Configuration: 2 X 25 MW, 1 X 114 MW
Fuel: natural gas
Operation: 1945-1958 (ret)
Boiler supplier: B&W
T/G supplier: WH
Quick facts: First built in 1909, Mission Road was San Antonio's second commercial power station. The site is south of the city’s downtown area on the banks of the San Antonio River. The first two sets closed in 1977 and CPS Energy officially decommissioned the plant in 2003. In May 2015, an agreement was reeached for adaptive reuse of the 5.4ac site and some of the associated buildings.

Photograph courtesy of www.thetattoobank.com
Posted 23 May 2015

Morgan Creek
Location: TX
Operator: TXU
Configuration: 2 X 18 MW, 1 X 46 MW, 1 X 75 MW, 1 X 171 MW, 1 X 518 MW
Operation: 1950-1966 (ret)
Fuel: natural gas, oil
Boiler supplier: FW, CE, RS
T/G supplier: WH, GE

Photograph courtesy of TXU
Posted 22 Sep 2004

Mountain Creek
Location: TX
Operator: Exelon Power
Configuration: 2 X 31 MW (ret), 1 X 75 MW, 2 X 13 MW (ret), 2 X 136 MW, 1 X 581 MW
Operation: 1938-1967
Fuel: natural gas, oil
Boiler supplier: BW, RS, CE
T/G supplier: GE, WH
Quick facts: In Dec 2001, TXU agreed to sell Exelon the Handly and Mountain Creek power stations for $443mn. Unit-8 was retrofit with SCR in May 2003. This was the second gas-fired supercritical unit in the USA.

Photograph courtesy of Exelon
Posted 24 Jul 2010

Nichols
Location: TX
Operator: Southwestern Public Service Co
Configuration: 2 X 114 MW, 1 X 248 MW
Operation: 1960-1968
Fuel: natural gas, fuel oil
Boiler supplier: CE
T/G supplier: GE, WH
EPC: SPS, Brown & Root
Quick facts: Nichols PS is in the Texas Panhandle north of Amarilo. The plant provides all the cooling water makeup and boiler makeup for itself and the nearby Harrington PS. The plant is named after the late Herb Nichols, who was a chairman of the SPS Board of Directors.of directors.

Photograph courtesy of Xcel Energy
Posted 1 Jun 2014

North Lake
Location: TX
Operator: TXU
Configuration: 2 X 175 MW , 1 X 360 MW
Operation: 1959-1964 (ret)
Fuel: natural gas, oil
Boiler supplier: RS
T/G supplier: WH, GE
EPC: Ebasco

Photograph courtesy of TXU
Posted 23 Oct 2004

North Main-4
Location: TX
Operator: TXU
Configuration: 1 X 81 MW
Operation: 1952 (ret)
Fuel: natural gas, oil
Boiler supplier: CE
T/G supplier: WH
Quick facts: The first unit at North Main went online in 1919.

Photograph courtesy of TXU
Posted 23 Oct 2004

Parkdale
Location: TX
Operator: TXU
Configuration:1 X 80 MW, 2 X 130 MW
Operation: 1953-1957 (ret)
Fuel: natural gas, oil
Boiler supplier: BW
T/G supplier: WH, GE

Photograph courtesy of TXU
Posted 23 Oct 2004

Permian Basin 5&6
Location: TX
Operator: TXU
Configuration:1 X 115 MW, 1 X 536 MW
Operation: 1958-1973 (ret)
Fuel: natural gas, oil
Boiler supplier: RS, FW
T/G supplier: WH
Quick facts: Unit-6 was retired on 29 Jun 2015 after being inactive for some years.

Photograph courtesy of TXU
Posted 30 Oct 2004

Plant X
Location: TX
Operator: Southwestern Public Service Co
Configuration: 1 X 48 MW, 2 X 98 MW, 1 X 190 MW
Operation: 1952-1964
Fuel: natural gas, fuel oil
Boiler supplier: CE
T/G supplier: GE
EPC: SPS
Quick facts: Plant X is south of Earth in in Lamb Co. At the time the PS was being designed, power plants usually were named after their location. No location had been selected, so engineers referred to the plant simply as “Plant X” and the name was adopted thereafter. The site on the high plains of Llano Estacado was selected on the basis of substantial groundwater availability from the local portion of the Ogallala Aquifer. SPS later built the coal-fired Tolk PS nearby.

Photograph courtesy of Leaflet (Panoramio)
Posted 1 Jun 2014

Ray Olinger
Location: TX
Operator: Garland Power & Light
Configuration: 1 X 75 MW, 1 X 113 MW, 1 X 157 MW
Operation: 1967-1976
Fuel: natural gas
Boiler supplier: CE, BW
T/G supplier: GE
EPC: Tippett & Gee, Talon Construction
Quick facts: This PS is near Lake Lavon in Collins Co. Ray Olinger wa a long-time aldermand and Garland mayor from 1939 to 1948.

Photograph by M Evans (Panoramio)
Posted 30 May 2016

River Crest
Location: TX
Operator: TXU
Configuration:1 X 113 MW
Operation: 1954 (ret)
Fuel: natural gas, oil
Boiler supplier: BW
T/G supplier: WH

Photograph courtesy of TXU
Posted 30 Oct 2004

Sabine
Location: TX
Operator: Entergy Texas
Configuration: 2 X 230 MW, 1 X 420 MW, 1 X 530 MW, 1 X 480 MW
Operation: 1962-1979
Fuel: natural gas
Boiler supplier: CE, BW
T/G supplier: GE, WH
Quick facts: Unit-4 is supercritical.

Photograph courtesy of Power
Posted 21 May 2005

Sam Bertron
Location: TX
Operator: NRG Energy
Configuration: 2 X 188 MW, 2 X 225 MW
Operation: 1956-1960
Fuel: natural gas
Boiler supplier: CE, RS
T/G supplier: GE
Quick facts: This plant was built by Houston Lighting & Power, later Reliant Energy, then spun off to Texas Genco LLC. This was later sold to NRG.

Photograph courtesy of Reliant Energy
Posted 12 Mar 2002

Seaholm
Location: TX
Operator: Austin Energy
Configuration: 4 X 20 MW, 1 X 40 MW
Operation: 1951-1958 (ret)
Fuel: natural gas
Boiler supplier: CE
T/G supplier: WH
EPC: Brown & Root, Burns & McDonnell, JM Odom, Natkin
Quick facts: Seaholm operated until 1989. In 1996, Austin City Council authorized decommissioning of the plant and its adaptive reuse. In 2005, the ACC selected Seaholm Power LLC to redevelop the property and the master plan was approved in Apr 2008. Now under construction, the redeveloped site will feature a mix of office space, local retail shops, residential, special event space and an outdoor terrace that overlooks Lady Bird Lake.

Photograph by andrew.marcum (Panoramio)
Posted 7 Jan 2015

Stryker Creek
Location: TX
Operator: TXU
Configuration:1 X 177 MW, 1 X 527 MW
Operation: 1958-1965
Fuel: natural gas, oil
Boiler supplier: BW, CE
T/G supplier: GE, WH

Photograph courtesy of TXU
Posted 30 Oct 2004

Thomas C Ferguson
Location: TX
Operator: Lower Colorado River Authority
Configuration:1 X 420 MW
Operation: 1974 (ret)
Fuel: natural gas
Boiler supplier: CE
T/G supplier: WH
EPC: Brown & Root, Zachry
Quick facts: In 1972 LCRA started construction on the first of what was supposed to be four gas-fired steam-electric generating units at this site in Horseshoe Bay, Llano County,, but by the time Unit-1 was ready for operation, gas supplies in Texas had been curtailed and prices were rising rapidly. The follow-on units were cancelled in favor of building new coal-fired capacity (Fayette Power Project). Lake LBJ, which provides cooling water for the plant, is a popular recreation destination. The plant is named for Thomas C. Ferguson, a member of the first LCRA Board of Directors. The converntional gas-fired plant was retired 30 Sep 2013 and was replaced by a new CCGT block. A Power Plant Trading Card was made for this plant.

Photograph courtesy of Lower Colorado River Authority
Posted 26 Apr 2014

Tradinghouse Creek
Location: TX
Operator: Luminant
Configuration:1 X 581 MW, 1 X 799 MW
Operation: 1970-1972 (ret)
Fuel: natural gas, oil
Boiler supplier: BW
T/G supplier: GE, WH
Quick facts: The supercritical were closed in 2009 and Sep 2010, respectively. The Unit-1 boiler and stack were demolished in in Mar 2014 and those for Unit-2 in May 2015.

Photograph courtesy of Luminant
Re-posted 11 Jun 2014

Trinidad-6
Location: TX
Operator: Luminant
Configuration: 1 X 239 MW
Operation: 1965
Fuel: natural gas, oil
Boiler supplier: CE
T/G supplier: GE
Quick facts: Two 20-MW units went online at Trinidad in 1926.

Photograph courtesy of TXU
Posted 14 Nov 2004

Valley
Location: TX
Operator: TXU
Configuration:1 X 199 MW, 1 X 581 MW, 1 X 396 MW
Operation: 1962-1971 (ret)
Fuel: natural gas, oil
Boiler supplier: BW, FW
T/G supplier: GE
Quick facts: Unit-2 is supercritical. Valley PS was retired on 2 Jul 2015.

Photograph courtesy of TXU
Posted 14 Nov 2004

VH Braunig / Arthur von Rosenberg
Location: TX
Operator: CPS Energy
Configuration: 1 X 225 MW, 1 X 252 MW, 1 X 417 MW conventional steam, 510-MW, 2+1 CCGT block with 7001FA gas turbines
Fuel: natural gas, oil
Operation: 1966-1970 (steam), 2000 (CCGT)
Boiler/HRSG supplier: CE, Vogt
T/G supplier: WH, GE
EPC: Brown & Root, Zachry, Gibbs & Hll, Black & Veatch, Zachry
Quick facts: Victor Braunig Lake on Calaveras Creek is 17mi south of downtown San Antonio. It was formed in 1962 to provide cooling for the Braunig power station and, together with Calaveras Lake, is partly recharged with treated wastewater. Victor H Braung was CPS General Manager from 1949-1958.

Photograph courtesy of CPS Energy
Posted 4 Mar 2011

WB Tuttle
Location: TX
Operator: CPS Energy
Configuration: 1 X 75 MW, 2 X 114 MW, 1 X 192 MW
Fuel: natural gas
Operation: 1954-1963 (ret)
Boiler supplier: B&W, RS
T/G supplier: WH, AC
EPC: Gibbs & Hll, Zachry
Quick facts: William B Tuttle was CPS' first General Manager. The plant was closed in 2011. Site remediation and demolition began in Mar 2016 and should complete in Q1, 2017.

Photograph courtesy of CPS Energy
Posted 4 Mar 2011

 
Hal C Weaver
Location: TX
Operator: University of Texas
Configuration: 62 MW steam, 48 MW gas turbine
Operation: 1933-2003
Fuel: natural gas, oil
Boiler supplier: ??
T/G supplier: WH, Siemens
Quick facts: This facility provides up to 110 MW of electricity, heat, and 1.1mn pounds of process steam for hot water and air conditioning for UT Austin. Steam is routed via a 6mi tunnel system supplying heat, process steam for hot water and cooking, and power for up to 10,800t of steam turbine chillers that provide air conditioning. The system also provides compressed air and up to 9mn gallons of demineralized water.

Photograph courtesy of University of Texas
Posted 13 Nov 2004

Webster
Location: TX
Operator: Texas Genco LLC
Configuration:1 X 113 MW, 1 X 410 MW
Operation: 1954-1965 (ret)
Fuel: natural gas, oil
Boiler supplier: BW
T/G supplier: B&W, RS, WH, AC
Ebascor: B&W, RS, WH, AC
Quick facts: Webster PS was built by Houston Lighting & Power on a 535ac parcel 20mi southeast of downtown Houston. The plant ultimately became part of Reliant Energy spinoff Texas Genco and was decommissioned in 2002. It was later demolished. The site was acquired by Cherokee Fund in 2006 and is planned for redevelopment.

Photograph courtesy of Reliant Energy
Posted 31 May 2013

Abbreviations

Data: industcards, Platts UDI World Electric Power Plants Data Base

Updated 16-Nov-2016

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