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OMPA breaks ground on 103-MW natural gas-fired plant

From the February 24, 2014 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published February 24, 2014

The Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority broke ground Feb. 13 on a 103-MW natural gas-fired plant, named the Charles D. Lamb Energy Center in honor of the chair of OMPA’s Board of Directors. 

"This will be OMPA’s first greenfield power plant project in which OMPA is not a partner, but the sole owner and operator," said OMPA General Manager David W. Osburn. Construction of the plant is under way, with an estimated completion date of April 2015. 

The plant will be used primarily for peaking power.

The 160-acre site near Ponca City and Blackwell was chosen due to its proximity to an existing Southern Star Gas natural gas pipeline and a recently built Oklahoma Gas & Electric 345,000-volt transmission line. Water for the plant will be supplied by the Ponca City Utility Authority, which has already constructed the water line to the site. The plant will use approximately 45 acres of the site, which will allow installation of additional units in the future, if needed, OMPA said. The remaining 115 acres will be leased for farming for now.

The OMPA board voted to name the facility after Lamb, the mayor of Edmond, Okla., who has been chairman of the board since 2001. He is the longest tenured elected official to serve on the board. 

"Today represents a significant milestone in its [OMPA’s] 32-year history," said Lamb. "Being honored by the [OMPA] board was something that I didn’t see coming. I am truly, truly honored." 


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