CCGT Plants in the USA - Massachusetts
Bellingham
Location: MA
Operator: Engie Energy Generation NA
Configuration: Two 285-MW single-shaft CCGT blocks with GT24B gas turbines
Operation: 2002
Fuel: natural gas
HRSG supplier: Alstom
T/G supplier: Alstom
EPC: Alstom
Quick facts: The power plant building boom from the mid-1990s resulted in the completion of six new plants within 10mi of Bellingham in the Blackstone Valley along the Massachusetts/Rhode Island line. A 1.1mi lateral tap was built by Algonquin Gas Transmission Co to serve the plant.

Photograph courtesy of International Power plc
Posted 30 Aug 2006

Blackstone
Location: MA
Operator: Engie Energy Generation NA
Configuration: Two 285-MW single-shaft CCGT blocks with GT24B gas turbines
Operation: 2001
Fuel: natural gas
HRSG supplier: Alstom
T/G supplier: Alstom
EPC: Alstom
Quick facts: In Jun 2001, International Power plc closed on $1.375bn of financing for five U.S. merchant plants. In Aug 2004, Alstom signed a major long-term parts and service agreement with American National Power ANP) and covering ANP’s U.S. fleet of fourteen GT24 gas turbines and associated power trains. Alstom thereby becomes ANP's exclusive provider of parts, services, and technical field services. The 9yr agreement covers 42 major inspections.

Photograph courtesy of International Power plc
Posted 30 Aug 2006

Dighton
Location: MA
Operator: Calpine Corp
Configuration: 169-MW single-shaft CCGT with GT11N2 gas turbine
Operation: 1999
Fuel: natural gas
HRSG supplier: Nooter
T/G supplier: Siemens, ABB
EPC: Parsons Energy & Chemical, Gemma Power Systems
Quick facts: Dighton was the first true merchant plant in the Northeast. The plant was the first in the region to install fiber carbon blades on its air-cooled condenser fans for sound reduction. Dighton is the town’s largest taxpayer. In Sep 2005, Dighton earned OHSA's Star safety rating.

Photograph courtesy of Gemma Power Systems
Posted 5 Mar 2006

Fore River
Location: MA
Operator: Calpine Corp
Configuration: 820-MW, 2+1 CCGT blocks with M501G gas turbines
Operation: 2003
Fuel: natural gas, diesel oil
HRSG supplier: Deltak
T/G supplier: MHI
EPC: Duke/Fluor, Raytheon
Quick facts: This is a sister plant to Mystic 8&9 and went commercial in Aug 2003. The plant is on a brownfield site on the Fore River in Weymouth where Boston Edison's Edgar power station was in operation at the location from 1925 until 1978. Duke/Fluor Daniel was hired to build both CCGT plants, but was replaced for completion by Raytheon. Developed by Sithe Energies, went to US Power Generating Co LLC, ownership transferred to lending group Aug 2004, and merger of Boston Generating Co LLC into US Power Generating LLC closed in 2007.  Acquisition by Constellation Energy closed in 2011. Sold on to Calpine in Nov 2014 for $530mn.

Photograph courtesy of www.wtpaddlers.org
Re-posted 9 Nov 2014

Framingham
Location: MA
Operator: Exelon Power
Configuration: 3 X 14 MW Avon gas turbines
Operation: 1970
Fuel: distillate oil
T/G supplier: Rolls-Royce, AEI
Quick Facts: These machines are currently inactive. The units can be black-started.

Photograph courtesy of Exelon
Posted 25 Jul 2010

Kendall Cogen
Location: MA
Operator: Veolia North America
Configuration: 1 X 17 MW, 1 X 23 MW, 1 X 27 MW,  1 X 170 MW 7001FA gas turbine (repower), 2 X 20 MW FT4 gas turbines
Operation: 1949-2002
Fuel: natural gas, oil, jet fuel
HRSG supplier: FW
T/G supplier: GE, WH, Pratt & Whitney, Electric Machinery
EPC: Bibb & Associates, Dick Corp
Quick facts: The site is along the Broad Canal built in 1805. Mirant purchased Kendall from Commonwealth Electric in 1999 and repowered the old steam sets in December 2002. This upgrade quadrupled electricity output and reduced air emissions by 41%. Kendall also sells steam to Massachusetts General Hospital and local industrial and bio-tech businesses. From Mirant, the plant pased to GenOn and thne was purchased by NRG. Kendall was acquired by Veolia North America in Dec 2013. In May 2014, the company comletd a $112mn extension to the associated district heating system.

Photograph by C Bergesen
Posted 21 Sep 2005

L'Energia
Location: MA
Operator: PurEnergy LLC
Configuration: 82-MW, 1+1 CCGT block with Trent 60 gas turbine
Operation: 1992-2008
Fuel: natural gas, diesel oil
HRSG supplier: ??
T/G supplier: Rolls-Royce, ABB
EPC: Industry and Energy Associates, CRS Sirrine, Essex Partnership
Quick facts: After several years out-of-service, the original Siemens V63 GT at L'Energia was changed out and replaced with a Trent machine. The project completed in Dec 2008. The plant was acquired by EDF Trading from Montgomery L'Energia Power Partners  in Jul 2011.

Photograph courtesy of Essex Partnership
Posted 16 Jul 2011

Lowell Cogen
Location: MA
Operator: Alliance Energy Group LLC
Configuration: 33-MW, 1+1 CCGT block with LM2500 gas turbine CHP
Operation: 1989 (ret)
Fuel: natural gas, diesel oil, biodiesel
HRSG supplier: Vogt
T/G supplier: GE
EPC: Fluor
Quick facts: This CHP went commercial in Sep 1989. Lowell Cogenerration Co LLP initially had a PPA with Commonwealth Electric Co and a steam supply agreement with Joan Fabrics for fabric dyeing and heating. In Dec 1997, thermal supply agreements were reached with UAE Lowell Power for heating and Freudenberg Nonwovens Group for fabric drying. In 2003, Delta Power Corp acquired a 50% project interest from United American Energy Corp.  Ownership share was transferred to Arroyo Energy Investors following acquisition of DPC in 2006. Morris Energy Group LLC acquired a 50% share in Jan 2008, and the remaining interest in Aug. Acquisition by Alliance Energy closed in Jul 2012 and the plant was retired in 2013.

Photograph by Corey Sciuto (coreysciuto.blogspot.com)
Posted 21 Nov 2014

Milford
Location: MA
Operator: Engie Energy Generation NA
Configuration: 160-MW, single-shaft CCGT with W501D5 gas turbine
Operation: 1994
Fuel: natural gas, oil
HRSG supplier: Nooter
T/G supplier: WH, Brush, ABB

Photograph courtesy of International Power plc
Posted 20 Aug 2006

Mystic 8&9
Location: MA
Operator: Exelon Power
Configuration: Two 820-MW, 2+1 CCGT blocks with M501G gas turbines
Operation: 2003
Fuel: natural gas
HRSG supplier: Deltak
T/G supplier: MHI
EPC: Duke/Fluor, Raytheon
Quick facts: At completion, this was the largest CCGT plant in New England. In 2002, Exelon completed a $1.7bn deal to gain control of the Boston Generating plants from the original developer Sithe Energies. Boston Generating later defaulted on loans totaling $1.1bn. Boston Generating was a wholly-owned subsidiary of EBG Holdings LLC, owned by the project lenders. The plants were then taken over by US Power Generating Co. Mystic 8&9 are connected to the Distrigas LNG by a dedicated, high-pressure pipeline and supply the NSTAR grid in the Boston area.

Photograph by Ata Suanda and courtesy of Mystic River Watershed Association
Posted 21 Feb 2007

Pittsfield
Location: MA
Operator: PurEnergy LLC
Configuration: 170-MW, 3+1 CCGT with 7001B gas turbines
Operation: 1990
Fuel: natural gas, oil
HRSG supplier: Deltak
T/G supplier: GE
EPC: Fluor
Quick facts: In 2008, Maxim acquired this power plant for $52mn. The plant ran baseload under three PPAs, the last of which expired in Sep 2008. It now runs on a merchant basis.

Photograph courtesy of Maxim Power Corp
Posted 12 Sep 2009

Stony Brook
Location: MA
Operator: Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Co
Configuration: 350-MW, 3+1 CCGT block and 2 X 85 MW simple-cycle GTs, all with 7001E gas turbines
Operation: 1981-1982
Fuel: natural gas, No 2 oil
HRSG supplier: GE
T/G supplier: GE
EPC: Bechtel
Quick facts: Stony Brook is the first power plant in New England built by and for consumer-owned utilities and was also one of the first, modern combined-cycles built in the USA. MMWEC owns 90.75% of the CC block with the balance owned by Green Mountain Power Corp (8.8%) and the Village of Lyndonville, VT (0.44%). MMWEC completed construction of a new natural gas pipeline to serve the plant in Sep 2002.

Photograph courtesy of Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Elec
Posted 1 Dec 2005

Thomas A Watson
Location: MA
Operator: Braintree Electric Light Dept
Configuration: 2 X 58 MW Trent 60 gas turbines
Operation: 2009
Fuel: natural gas, oil
T/G supplier: Rolls-Royce
EPC: PB Power, O&G Industries
Quick Facts: These were among the launch Trent 60 machines in the USA. First fire was in Mar and Apr 2009, respectively. In January 2010, BELD received the 2009 Build New England Award for the design and construction of Watson generating station. The award, presented by Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Massachusetts, recognizes the work of outstanding project teams that designed and built facilities in New England during 2009. For 117yrs, BELD has been a nonprofit public power utility owned and operated by the citizens of Braintree. The plant is named for BELD founder Thomas Augustus Watson (b1854-d1934).

Photograph courtesy of Braintree Electric Light Dept
Posted 10 Mar 2010

UMass Cogen
Location: MA
Operator: University of Massachusetts
Configuration: 12-MW, 1+1 CCGT with Mars 100 gas turbine
Operation: 2008
Fuel: natural gas, oil
HRSG supplier: Rentech
T/G supplier: Solar
EPC: R G Vanderweil Engineers, Cambridge Seven Assoc, O&G Industries
Quick Facts: UMass Amherst has around 30,000 people living, working, and studying in 10mn ft² of space in 200 buildings. About 10yrs ago, the decision was made to replace the existing coal-fired CHP plant with a new CCGT plant. The new facility came online in Mar 2008 in a building designed to resemble an athletic fieldhouse. The new CHP plant cost about $118mn and was financed with a 20yr bond.

Photograph courtesy of Combined Cycle Journal
Posted 6 Jul 2008

West Medway
Location: MA
Operator: Exelon Power
Configuration: 3 X 45 MW Avon gas turbines
Operation: 1970-1973
Fuel: distillate oil, natural gas
T/G supplier: Rolls-Royce, AEI
Quick Facts: These peakers were installed by Boston Edison following the 1965 East Coast blackout and the 12 Avon GTs were the first such dual-fuel engines installed in the world. The units can be black-started. Exelon purchased West Medway from Boston Edison in 2002.

Photograph courtesy of Exelon
Posted 25 Jul 2010

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Updated 05-Mar-2016

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