NYPA to Begin Equipment Tests
at New Power Plant in Queens
September 7, 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
QUEENS—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) will
begin testing key generating equipment Thursday at a new natural
gas-fueled power plant it is completing in Astoria.
The tests will commence on one of the project’s two
gas turbines, which will produce small amounts of power as the unit is
fired up. Tests on the second turbine are expected late next week, to be
followed by those on other major equipment in subsequent weeks.
The 500-megawatt plant will be one of the cleanest,
most efficient generating facilities in New York City, equipped with the
most advanced emission controls. Its commercial operation, expected
toward the end of the year, will enhance air quality by displacing
generation from older power plants.
The new project is designed to capture the heat
normally lost during combustion, to produce additional amounts of
electricity from its fuel. This will be made possible through a
combined-cycle process involving two heat-recovery steam generators and
a steam turbine, in addition to the two gas turbines.
The Power Authority built the combined-cycle plant
to help it continue to meet the electricity requirements of its large
government customers in New York City, including schools, hospitals,
municipal buildings, and the subways and commuter trains. They save
hundreds of millions of dollars a year in lower energy costs as NYPA
NYPA is the nation’s largest state-owned public
power utility, with a total of 17 generating facilities and more than
1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines.