Big Bend Modernization
Tampa Electric is planning to make changes at our Big Bend Power Station.
Today, four main power generation units and one peaking unit are in operation at Big Bend with a combined output of more than 1,700 megawatts of electricity. The units can generate electric power from both coal and natural gas. In the week of May 21, 2018, we are officially announcing our "Big Bend Modernization Project," which will result in less coal to generate electricity, use less water as a part of that generation process, produce less wastewater and reduce air emissions. This project involves repowering Unit 1 with a state-of-the-art, natural gas-fired combined-cycle unit on the existing site, and retiring Big Bend Unit 2.
Once we receive the necessary permits and approvals, we expect construction to begin by June 2019. The first phase – the simple-cycle repowered unit – is expected to be operational in the summer of 2021, and the total combined-cycle facility, capable of producing 1,090 megawatts, should begin operation in January 2023. We will dispose of any equipment and systems that we arenâ€™t reusing as a part of the project, including dismantling one of the existing stacks.
All project activity will take place on Tampa Electric-owned property, except for a small portion under Wyandotte Road, where a new natural gas supply line will be built. There is no offsite transmission equipment currently anticipated for the project, except a portion of a transmission power line that will go over Wyandotte Road.
Tampa Electric is committed to providing clean, reliable and affordable power to our more than 750,000 customers across West Central Florida. The Big Bend Modernization Project is a cornerstone to that promise. And, when you consider our commitment to renewable energy through our 10 current solar projects, you can see that Tampa Electric is ready for a bright future.
Please contact us at 813-228-4619 with any questions about the Big Bend Modernization Project. Additional information about the project is available on the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's website.