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Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority discusses plans for new generating plant

The Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority, which provides electricity to municipal electric companies across Oklahoma, plans to build a $115 million, natural gas-fired plant north of Ponca City. The plant will be used at peak times to ensure reliability for the authority's members.
by Paul Monies Published: May 17, 2013

Lester Brockmann, who lives next to the 160-acre power plant site, said he's been watching engineers prepare the site from his front porch for the past several months. He came to Tuesday's meeting with questions about how loud the plant would be.

“I don't want it to keep me awake at night,” he said. “That (State) Highway 11 is pretty noisy with trucks and things that are hauling gravel out west to the oil well sites, but they go day and night and they don't keep me awake; I got used to it.”

Peter Kelly, project director with Chicago-based Sargent & Lundy LLC, said the Siemens gas turbine will be enclosed in noise insulation to meet federal regulations. Natural gas also emits fewer pollutants than coal plants.

“These units put out very low NOX (nitrogen oxide) emissions,” Kelly said. “There's continuous monitoring of the emissions to make sure they stay within regulatory limits. Within those limits, with a simple-cycle (turbine) such as this, you can't get much cleaner.”

The Charles Lamb Energy Center will connect to a nearby Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. 345-kilovolt line for transmission to the regional power grid. The authority is in discussions with several suppliers for natural gas, Osborn said. Water for the plant will come from Ponca City.

The plant is named for Lamb, a longtime chairman of the authority's board of directors and mayor of Edmond.

by Paul Monies
Energy Reporter
Paul Monies is an energy reporter for The Oklahoman. He has worked at newspapers in Texas and Missouri and most recently was a data journalist for USA Today in the Washington D.C. area. Monies also spent nine years as a business reporter and...
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