Kindle Energy is breaking ground on a 700 MW natural gas-fired combined-cycle plant in Iberville Parish, Louisiana.

The Magnolia Power Generating Station will provide electricity directly to five rural utility cooperatives across the state starting in May 2025, according to the office of Gov. John Bel Edwards. They include Beauregard Electric Cooperative; Claiborne Electric Cooperative; Northeast Louisiana Power Cooperative; South Louisiana Electric Cooperative Association; and Washington-St. Tammany Electric Cooperative Inc.

A $1.5 billion plan approved by Louisiana utility regulators in 2022 allowed cooperatives to buy power from out-of-state utility companies. New Jersey-based Kindle Energy operates more than 11 GW of generation assets in Indiana, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio and Texas.

The Magnolia Power Project would include a GE 7HA.03 gas turbine, a GE STF-A650 steam turbine and a triple pressure with reheat Heat Recovery Steam Generator (HRSG). The company’s Mark VIe control system would provide turbine generator control, data collection and performance visibility.

GE has also said the plant would have the eventual ability to blend up to 50% hydrogen.

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