- Docket Number
- 134 MW
- Los Angeles County
- Combined Cycle
- Project Status
- Operational (Natural Gas-Fired)
- Project Type
- Application for Certification
The Malburg Generating Station (MGS) is located in the City of Vernon, in Los Angeles County.
MGS is a 134-megawatt (MW) natural gas-fired, combined-cycle facility consisting of two ALSTOM GTX100 frame-type natural gas combustion turbine-generators (CTGs) with dry low-NOx combustors for oxides of nitrogen control. The CTGs are each equipped with evaporative inlet air coolers/filters to enhance turbine performance in hot weather.
On June 12, 2019, the California Energy Commission approved a Post-Certification Amendment (TN 228800) for the installation and operation of Siemens SGT-800 A-Plus upgrade for both combustion turbines, which required modifications to existing conditions of certification including modifications to the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) Permits to Construct. The first phase of the turbine upgrade installation, approved by staff as maintenance on March 5, 2018 (TN 222876), was completed in the spring of 2018 during a major maintenance outage. The approval also included modification of a restriction on the readiness testing of the emergency fire pump.
- Approval of Petition to Add Additional Construction Fabrication Area, TN 233499, 01/08/2004, Staff approval to use the Chef Solution parcel for fabrication, storage, and parking.
- Approval to Change Verification Due Dates, TN 35308, 08/19/2005, Staff approval to modify verification due dates for Conditions of Certification VIS-1, VIS-2, VIS-3 and VIS-4 due to unavoidable changes in the construction schedule.
- Order Approving Transfer of Ownership and Operational Control, TN 46462, 05/23/2008, Order No. 08-0521-01b, Commission approval of ownership transfer from the City of Vernon to Bicent (California) Malburg, LLC. Operational control of the facility will change from the City of Vernon to Colorado Energy Management, LLC, an affiliate of Bicent (California) Malburg.
- Order Approving a Petition to Modify Condition AQ-C10, TN 47579, 08/15/2008, Order No. 08-0813-04, Commission approval to increase combustion turbine startup-related emission limits contained in Condition of Certification AQ-C10. The modifications will allow the project owner to operate the project within the physical limitations of the combustion equipment in compliance with Condition of Certification AQ-C10.
- Approval of Request to Increase Size of Hypochlorite and Sulfuric Acid Tanks as Allowed By Condition of Certification HAZ-1, TN 233502, 06/01/2009, Staff approval to increase the size of the sulfuric acid tank from 500 to 4,400 gallons; and to increase the size of the hypochlorite tank from 500 to 2,000 gallons.
- Notice of Decision Approving Petition to Amend Air Quality Conditions of Certification, TN 201826, Order No. 14-0218-04, Commission approval to modify air quality conditions of certification AQ-6 and AQ-7 to allow additional daily startups and shutdowns and to increase the maximum allowable time for startup to accommodate the annual maintenance of the turbines pursuant to South Coast Air Quality Management District Hearing Board requirements.
- Authorization to Install Turbine Upgrade Components at Malburg Generating Station, TN 222876, 03/05/2018, Staff approval to install and operate the Siemens A+ turbine upgrade package to both combustion turbines during the Spring 2018 outage.
- Order Approving Petition to Amend to Install and Operate a Siemens SGT-800 A-Plus Upgrade Package for Both Combustion Turbines, TN 228800, 06/20/2019, Order No. 19-0612-02, Commission approval to install and operate a Siemens SGT-800 A-Plus upgrade package for both combustion turbines, which will require modifications to existing conditions of certification including modifications to the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) Permits to Construct.
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Power Plant Certification and Exemption Processes
The CEC has the exclusive authority to certify all thermal power plants 50 megawatts (MW) and larger and related facilities proposed for construction in California. The Application for Certification (AFC) process is a certified regulatory program under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). As a certified regulatory program, the CEC does not prepare environmental impact reports (EIRs) in an AFC proceeding, but instead prepares environmental assessment documents that are functionally equivalent to EIRs. A certificate issued by the CEC is in lieu of any permit, certificate, or similar document otherwise required by any state, local or regional agency, or federal agency to the extent permitted by federal law, and supersedes any applicable statute, ordinance, or regulation of any state, local, or regional agency, or federal agency to the extent permitted by federal law.