Gas- and Oil-Fired Plants in New York

 

Arthur Kill
Location: NY
Operator: NRG Energy
Configuration: 1 X 376 MW, 1 X 536 MW
Operation: 1959-1969
Fuel: oil, natural gas
Boiler supplier: B&W, CE
T/G supplier: GE
Quick facts:
A 25-MW unit went on-line at Arthur Kill on Staten Island in 1948. The borough's rapid growth in the 1950s, particularly after the 1964 completion of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge bridge necessitated a substantial expansion of the plant. Consolidated Edison therefore added two much larger units. In June 1999, NRG Energy Inc assumed ownership as part of a $505mn asset purchase from Con Edison.

Photograph courtesy of NRG Energy
Posted 11 May 2002

E F Barrett
Location: NY
Operator: KeySpan Energy
Configuration: 2 X 195 MW
Operation: 1956-1963
Fuel: natural gas, fuel oil
Boiler supplier: CE
T/G supplier: GE
EPC: Ebasco
Quick facts:
These are sister units to Port Jeff 3&4.

Photograph courtesy of New York Power Authority
Posted 27 Aug 2005

Far Rockaway
Location: NY
Operator: KeySpan Energy
Configuration: 1 X 100 MW
Operation: 1953
Fuel: natural gas
Boiler supplier: CE
T/G supplier: GE
Quick facts:
Far Rockaway-4 is the sole remaining steam-electric unit at this site originally developed by Long Island Lighting Co.  The unit was originally coal- fired, then converted to oil and finally to gas only.

Photograph courtesy of KeySpan Energy
Posted 1 Feb 2004

 
Glenwood
Location: NY
Operator: KeySpan Energy
Configuration: 2 X 100 MW
Operation: 1952-1954
Fuel: natural gas, oil
Boiler supplier: CE
T/G supplier: GE
Quick facts:
The first units at Glenwood were built in the 1920's by Long Island Lighting Co. Units 4&5, the remaining two steam-electric units, were initially fueled with coal, later converted to oil, and now burn natural gas exclusively.

Photograph courtesy of KeySpan Energy
Posted 20 Nov 2002

Kent Avenue
Location: NY
Operator: Consolidated Edison Co
Configuration: 4 X 7.5 MW,
5 X 10 MW, 2 X 18.8 MW
Operation: 1905-1938 (ret)
Fuel: natural gas, fuel oil
Boiler supplier: B&W
T/G supplier: WH
Quick facts: Originally known as the Williamsburg plant and built on the Wallabout Channel of the East River in Brooklyn to provide traction power for Brooklyn Rapid Transit Co. Began life as a coal-fired plant. Sold to Con Ed in 1950 and 2 X 14 MW Rolls-Royce Avon gas turbines added in 1968. Last steam sets retired in 1972. Supposedly, some of the original generators from Pearl Street were stored here. The property was put on the market in 1999 and again in 2002, but not apparently sold. In 2007, asbestos remediation began.

Photograph by i'mnotsayin (flickr)
Posted 28 Jan 2009

Northport
Location: NY
Operator: KeySpan Energy
Configuration: 4 X 375 MW
Operation: 1967-1977
Fuel: natural gas, oil
Boiler supplier: CE
T/G supplier: GE
EPC: Ebasco
Quick facts: When completed by Long Island Lighting Co, Unit-4 was one of the last conventional oil fired-units built in the United States.  The four stacks are 600ft high.

Photograph courtesy of KeySpan Energy
Posted 20 Nov 2002

Oswego
Location: NY
Operator: NRG Energy
Configuration: 4 X 100 MW (ret 1995), 2 X 902 MW
Operation: 1939-1951 (Units 1-4), 1975-1979 (Units 5&6)
Fuel: heavy oil, natural gas
Boiler supplier: BW, FW
T/G supplier: GE, WH
EPC: Niagara Mohawk Power Corp, Stone & Webster
Quick facts: In 1999, NRG acquired Oswego power station from joint owners Niagara Mohawk Power Corp and Rochester Power Corp for $91mn. The facility includes a tank farm and rail connection. By some measures, Oswego 5&6 are the largest oil-fired, steam-electric units ever built in the USA. In 1995, one of the sets was converted to allow natural gas firing. Units 1-4 were originally built for coal-firing and converted to oil in 1972.

Photograph courtesy of State University of New York Oswego
Posted 24 May 2006

Poletti
Location: NY
Operator: New York Power Authority
Configuration: 1 X 875 MW
Operation: 1977
Fuel: natural gas, fuel oil
Boiler supplier: FW
T/G supplier: WH
EPC: Ebasco
Quick facts: The Power Authority purchased the Poletti project, then known as Astoria-6, from Consolidated Edison Co in 1974 when the power station was under construction. The plant is named after Charles Poletti, the only person to serve both as Governor of New York and a Power Authority trustee. T
he existing facility will be closed on 1 Feb 2008 as a result of a Sep 2002 agreement among environmental groups, the Queens Borough President and the Power Authority.

Photograph courtesy of New York Power Authority
Posted 9 Jul 2005

Port Jefferson
Location: NY
Operator: KeySpan Energy
Configuration: 2 X 44 MW, 2 X 175 MW
Operation: 1948-1960
Fuel: fuel oil
Boiler supplier: CE
T/G supplier: GE
EPC: Ebasco
Quick facts:
LILCO built Port Jefferson as a coal-fired plant, but coal firing stopped in the late 1960s.

Photograph courtesy of KeySpan Energy
Posted 1 Feb 2004

 

Ravenswood
Location: NY
Operator: TransCanada Energy Ltd
Configuration: 2 X 400 MW, 1 X 1,000 MW
Operation: 1963-1965
Fuel: natural gas, fuel oil
Boiler supplier: CE
T/G supplier: GE, AC
Quick facts: Ravenswood Unit-3  is known as "Big Allis," named after the turbine supplier Allis-Chalmers.  It was the world's largest generating unit when it was placed into service by Consolidated Edison in 1965. The gas- and oil-fired power station was put up for sale by ConEd as part of its restructuring operation and KeySpan was selected as the winning bidder for the 1,753-MW steam-electric plant and 415-MW of gas turbine capacity at a price of $597mn. The sale closed in June 1999. In Aug 2006, the steam-electric plant plus a 250-MW CCGT block and numerous simple-cycle GTs were sold on to TransCanada Corp for C$2.8bn.

Photograph courtesy of KeySpan Energy
Posted 2 Sep 2001

Waterside
Location: NY
Operator: Consolidated Edison Co
Configuration: 163-MW CHP
Operation: 1963-1965
Fuel: natural gas, fuel oil
Boiler supplier: CE
T/G supplier: WH
Quick facts: Initial development of the plant dates to the beginning of the 20th Century.  With the completion of the East River re-powering project, Con Edison plans to sell Waterside and several other properties along First Avenue in Manhattan to FSM East River Associates LLC for about $600mn. FSM is a partnership between Fisher Brothers and Solow Realty and Development.

Photograph by Christopher Bell
Posted 30 Apr 2005

Abbreviations: AC = Allis Chalmers, B&W = Babcock & Wilcox, CE = Combustion Engineering, CHP = combined heat and power, GE = General Electric, pph = pounds per hour T/G = turbine generator

Data: industcards, Platts UDI World Electric Power Plants Data Base

Updated 04/22/09

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