PROJECT COST: $479 million
The addition of the fourth, $479-million power-generating unit at the Cane Island Power Park near Intercession City in Osceola County, Fla., will produce 300 megawatts of electricity for the Florida Municipal Power Agency of Orlando, which provides power to approximately 2 million citizens throughout the state.
Officials estimate that FMPA customers� demand for power will increase more than 38% during the next 20 years. The new unit will provide enough electricity to serve 60,000 homes.
Engineering, procurement and construction contractor Zachry Industrial of San Antonio, Texas, began construction of the additional combine-cycle, natural-gas-fired unit at the plant in March 2009. The unit will use treated wastewater for cooling to conserve ground-water resources. A heat-recovery steam generator will collect waste heat from the combustion turbine and convert it to electricity.
FMPA and the Kissimmee Utility Authority of Kissimmee jointly own Cane Island Power Park. FMPA will own the new unit and serve 15 cities, as far south as Key West, with the power generated. Kissimmee Utility, an FMPA member, will operate the facility.
The project is on schedule, and FMPA expects to it will begin operating in 2011.
FMPA anticipated the project would create about 300 temporary construction jobs at peak employment. Zachry also contracted with more than a dozen central Florida companies.
Location: Kissimmee, Fla.
Owner: Florida Municipal Power Agency, Orlando
Operator: Kissimmee Utility Authority, Kissimmee, Fla.
EPC Contractor: Zachry Industrial, San Antonio, Texas
Start Date: March 2009
Completion Date: 2011