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Tesla Power Plant Project


Midway Power, LLC

Project Co-Sponsors:

FLP Energy

Project Location:

The proposed project is located on a 60-acre portion of a 160-acre parcel, Assessor parcel No. 99B-7825-1-4 Section 30, Township 2S, Range 4E, in Alameda County. The site is approximately 0.5 miles north of the PG&E Tesla substation. The site will be accessed by the Midway Road bordering the eastside of the parcel.

Project Cost:

The project is estimated to have expenditures totaling approximately $600-700 million in capitol costs.

Project Licensing:

Application for Certification (AFC) filed October 12, 2001. The Energy Commission licensing process should be completed within a 12 month AFC process.

Project Construction:

Construction work for this project is expected to take place during a 23-month period and is expected to occur from October 2002, to September 2004. The average construction project manning level of about 450 workers will peak at 950 for about a two-month period. The Alameda Building Trades Council will be a resource for the construction trades.

Commercial Operation:

The Tesla Power Plant will operate up to 7 days a week, 24 hours a day and will employ 36 full time staff. The design of the plant provides for operational flexibility (i.e. ability two start up, shut down, turn down, and provide peaking output) so that operations may be readily adapted to changing conditions in the energy and ancillary markets.

Product Sales:

Almost all of the electrical energy produced from the proposed power plant will be delivered to PG&E with a small amount being used on-site for plant auxiliaries.


Tesla Power project will be a combined cycle power plant, producing a nominal 1,120 megawatts (MW), with "four" natural gas-fired turbine generators using heat recovery steam generators (HRSG), providing steam for "two" steam turbine generators.


Other major components of the project will use water treatment, hazardous waste storage area, cooling towers, and containment area, fire water supply, switchyard, selective catalytic reduction (SCR) ammonia system,

Transmission Line:

Generator out-puts from all six units will be connected to step-up transformers and plant switchyard. Two 0.8 mile 230Kv transmission lines will connect the switchyard to the PG&E Tesla substation


Natural gas will be supplied to the project via a new 2.8 mile 24-inch gas line that follows the PG&E pipeline route #107

Water Supply:

The annual water requirements for the project will be approximately 5,100 AF/year. Water will be provided under agreement with Rosedale-Rio Bravo Water Storage District in Kern County. Delivery will be via a 1.7 mile water line from the California Aqueduct under agreement with the Alameda County Flood Control and Water Conservation District (Zone 7).

Emission Controls:

A Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system using ammonia injection technology will provide reduced low NOx emissions to 2.0 ppm. Oxidation catalyst will limit CO to 6 ppm and POC to 1.65 ppm

Waste Water:

The project will have a separate plant for wastewater and sanitary wastewater collection. The plant will collect wastewater from plant equipment, cooling towers, heat recovery system generators, water treatment system, chemical feed area drains, and general plant drains. The collected wastewater will be directed to a zero liquid discharge system for treatment. The collected sanitary wastewater from sinks, toilets, and other sanitary facilities will be discharged in to a county approved on-site septic system.

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