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OG&E commissions 462MW Mustang Energy Center in Oklahoma

EBR Staff Writer Published 05 April 2018

Oklahoma Gas and Electric (OG&E) has commissioned the 462MW Mustang Energy Center, a gas-fired power plant in Oklahoma City in the US state of Oklahoma.

The new gas-fired generating station owned by the OGE Energy subsidiary replaces generating units at the former Mustang Power Plant, which were built in the 1950s.

To modernize the Mustang plant, OG&E has installed seven aeroderivative gas turbines and generators supplied by Siemens.

With the new equipment, the plant is claimed to be capable of producing and transmitting power onto the grid inside ten minutes, in contrast to the 10-20 hours taken by the former power generating units.

Each of the SGT-A65 units at the new Mustang gas-fired power plant has a generation capacity of 66MW.

Siemens U.S. power and gas country division lead John Gibson said: “These aeroderivative gas turbines are fast-ramping, efficient, and help integrate renewable energy technologies to ensure reliable power to customers in Oklahoma City and its surrounding areas.

“As more renewable energy comes online, these units are the perfect technology to support grid stability and help meet demand for peak power.”

The new power plant will supply enough electricity to cover nearly 400,000 homes in Oklahoma City and also areas located within the Southwest Power Pool transmission system.

According to OG&E, the location of the new Mustang gas-fired power plant is advantageous as it includes connection to nine transmission line to ensure that power is transmitted where and when it is most needed.

OGE Energy chairman, president and CEO Sean Trauschke said: "Replacing the units at Mustang was far less expensive than adding a new power plant to our existing fleet.

"Mustang Energy Center embodies our belief that a diverse energy mix is essential to delivering affordable and reliable power.

“As the home to modern, natural gas-fired units and Oklahoma's first universal solar farm, the Center plays an important role in the future of balancing grid reliability and renewable energy sources."