Grid synchronization achieved at Texas bioenergy facility
Gemma Power Systems LLC has completed initial synchronization of the Woodville Renewable Power Project with the electric grid operated by the Midwest Independent System Operator. The 49.9 MW biomass plant in Woodville, Texas, is being constructed by GPS for East Texas Electric Cooperative under an engineering procurement and construction (EPC) contract.
The ETEC Woodville Renewable Power Project is fueled by chipped, forest waste. The plant features a Shin Nippon steam turbine generator and a Riley Power advanced stoker boiler with integrated air quality control system (AQCS). The plant has been receiving fuel since May.
Construction of the plant began in May 2012. It is currently undergoing final combustion tuning and performance testing and is scheduled to enter commercial operation later this year. GPS subsidiary, Gemma Plant Operations, will operate the facility under a separate contract with ETEC.