- Docket Number
- 880 MW
- Contra Costa County
- Simple Cycle
- Project Status
- Operational (Natural Gas-Fired)
- Project Type
- Application for Certification
The Delta Energy Center (DEC) is located at 1200 Arcy Lane, Pittsburg, Contra Costa County, generally northwest of the Delta Diablo Sanitation District treatment facility at the Dow Chemical Company (Dow) facility.
DEC is an 880-megawatt (MW), a three-by-three-by-one, natural gas-fired, combined-cycle cogeneration facility consisting three Westinghouse 501F combustion turbine generators equipped with dry low NOx combustors and steam injection power augmentation capability; three heat recovery steam generator (HRSG) units with duct burners; and a shared steam turbine generator; cooling towers; and associated support equipment. Two auxiliary boilers provide process steam to Dow. DEC employs selective catalytic reduction technology to control emissions resulting from the combustion of natural gas.
Other project proponents include a 3.3-mile, 230-kilovolt (kV) electric transmission line that interconnects to the electric transmission system at the existing Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) substation near the Pittsburg Power Plant. The above ground line runs in front of USS POSCO Industries, and transitions to underground along 8th Street. A 0.8-mile underground 13.8 kV line supplies electricity to Dow Chemical. A 5.3-mile natural gas pipeline is in the existing Dow Chemical right-of-way along the Santa Fe Railroad and connects to PG&E's Antioch natural gas terminal. Water for the cooling towers is secondary-treated wastewater from the Delta Diablo Sanitation District, which receives additional treatment on the project site to comply with the requirements of the Department of Health Services. A short water supply line runs from Delta Diablo to the project. Water for steam production and domestic uses is supplied by the Contra Costa Water District and transported in Dow Chemical's existing 20-inch pipeline. All plant discharges are sent back to the Delta Diablo Sanitation District for disposal in its existing discharge pipe. Approximately 200,000lb/hr of saturated steam is supplied to Dow Chemical in a 0.7 mile above ground insulated carbon steel pipeline.
On March 8, 2017, the California Energy Commission approved a Post-Certification Amendment (TN 216644) to modify the steam turbine condenser to run the facility in simple cycle mode.
Power Plant Certification and Exemption Processes
As required by the Warren-Alquist Act, the Energy Commission monitors Commission-certified energy projects throughout construction, operation, and closure to ensure compliance with the conditions of certification imposed by the Commission’s Final Decision for approving the projects.