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Two months after the contract was signed with the private equity firm Panda Power Funds for the turnkey supply of a natural-gas-fired combined-cycle power plant in Temple, Texas, Siemens has been awarded a second order by the same customer for an identical project in the city of Sherman. Siemens will supply the plant in consortium with its partner Bechtel. The order volume including a long-term service agreement is approximately USD300 million. The power station with a gross installed electrical capacity of 758 megawatts (MW) will be able to supply the power needs of approximately 750,000 homes in the North Texas area.
Siemens will deliver the power island equipment, including two gas turbines, one steam turbine, three generators and the instrumentation and control system. A long-term service agreement has also been signed for the main generation components. Bechtel will be responsible for the engineering and procurement for the balance of the plant, and the installation, construction and commissioning of the facility. The gas turbines, steam turbine and generators will be manufactured in the Siemens factory in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The new Sherman generating station will be among the cleanest fossil-fueled plants in the United States. The Siemens Flex-Plant 30 technology offers high efficiency and operational flexibility with low emissions. Power generation can commence within ten minutes of startup, and full base-load power production in less than one hour, allowing rapid response to changing market conditions and enabling the smooth integration of renewable energy sources in the power grid.