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Burlington Station

Burlington Station, located near Burlington, Colo., is a 100-megawatt, oil-fired combustion turbine plant wholly owned and operated by Tri-State and primarily used for back-up generation. The plant’s two turbines, which are remotely started from Tri-State's operations center in Westminster, Colo., can be brought on line in a matter of minutes to augment the association’s baseload resources.

 

Plant Statistics

 

Plant owner and operator

Tri-State G&T

Plant construction

1977

Total capacity

100 megawatts (two 50-megawatt combustion turbine units)

Fuel source

No. 2 diesel fuel from on-site storage tanks

Environmental
controls

System is compliant with federal and state laws.

 

Limon Generating StationLimon Generating Station is located on the eastern plains of Colorado near Limon, 70 miles east of Denver. Completion of the two, natural-gas-fired combustion turbine units marked the first new generation to be built by Tri-State in nearly 20 years.

 

 

Plant Statistics

Plant owner and operator

Tri-State G&T

Plant construction

2001-2002

Total project cost $82.4 million

Total capacity

140 megawatts
(two 70-megawatt combustion turbine units)

Fuel source

Natural gas and fuel oil

Plant site size

652 acres

Environmental
controls

Dry low-NOx combustion

 

Frank R. Knutson Generating Station

Frank R. Knutson Generating Station, located near Brighton, Colo., is similar in design to the Limon Generating Station. Just north of Denver International Airport, the two, dual-fuel (natural gas and oil) combustion turbine units added 140 megawatts of power to the association's system. Although the units are primarily fueled by natural gas, they also are designed to run on fuel oil when unfavorable pricing or an availability problem occurs.

 

Plant Statistics

Plant owner and operator

Tri-State G&T

Plant construction

2001-2002

Total project cost $85 million

Total capacity

140 megawatts (two 70-megawatt combustion turbine units)

Fuel source

Natural gas and fuel oil

Plant site size

110 acres

Environmental
controls

Dry low-NOx combustion

 

Pyramid Generating Station

Pyramid Generating Station, located 30 miles southeast of Lordsburg in southwestern New Mexico, became commercially available in 2003. The four, 40-megawatt, natural gas-fired combustion turbines are based on jet aircraft engine design and can be started and ramped to full load in approximately 10 minutes. Pyramid assists in serving Tri-State's southern system loads and provides backup generation when the G&T's baseload, coal-fired Escalante Generating Station in northern New Mexico is unavailable.

 

Plant Statistics

Plant owner and operator

Tri-State G&T

Plant construction

2002-2003

Total project cost $113 million

Total capacity

160 megawatts (four, 40-megawatt combustion turbine units)

Fuel source

Natural gas and fuel oil

Plant site size

638 acres

Environmental
controls

Water injection to control NOx emissions

 

 

 

 
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