OMPA Executes Contract With Siemens Energy Inc. For Combustion-Turbine Generator

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OMPA Executes Contract With Siemens Energy Inc. For Combustion-Turbine Generator

 On January 31st, Charles Lamb, Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA) Board Chair, Cindy L. Holman, OMPA General Manager, and Fred Hellmich, Siemens Energy Inc. Manager, New Unit Sales North America, executed the procurement contract for Siemens Energy to supply the 103-megawatt simple-cycle combustion turbine-generator for the Charles D. Lamb Energy Center.

At its December 13, 2012 meeting, the OMPA Board of Directors gave OMPA staff official authorization to proceed with the construction of the Charles D. Lamb Energy Center, including the purchase of the property for the future location. The Board also gave the conditional award to Siemens Energy Inc. to supply the 103-megawatt simple-cycle combustion turbine-generator for the project. 

The Charles D. Lamb Energy Center will be constructed on a site comprised of 160-acres in Kay County, Oklahoma.  The site is approximately seven miles north of Ponca City and east of Blackwell.  Both Ponca City and Blackwell are served by OMPA.  The site was selected due to its access of a 345-kilovolt electric transmission line and the availability of a natural gas pipeline.  The size of the site will allow OMPA to add additional units in the future.

The OMPA Board voted to name the facility the Charles D. Lamb Energy Center after their Board Chairman.  Since 2001, Lamb has served as OMPA Board Chair and is the longest tenured elected official to serve as chair. 

Construction is currently estimated to begin in January of 2014, with an estimated completion date of April 15, 2015.  The power plant will be developed, owned and operated by OMPA.

The Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA) is a municipal joint-action agency created for the purpose of providing an adequate, reliable and affordable supply of electrical power and energy to Oklahoma’s municipally owned electric systems.  The Authority presently serves 39 municipally owned electric systems in Oklahoma. As a consumer-owned public power entity, OMPA is owned by the member cities it serves.

According to its website, “Siemens Corporation is a U.S. subsidiary of Siemens AG, a global powerhouse in electronics and electrical engineering, operating in the industry, energy, healthcare, and infrastructure and cities sectors.  For more than 160 years, Siemens has built a reputation for leading-edge innovation and the quality of its products, services and solutions.”

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PHOTO CAPTION:  (From Left to Right, Back Row): Lee Morton, Siemens Energy Inc. Project Manager; Randy Elliott, OMPA General Counsel; David W. Osburn, OMPA Assistant General Manager; David Lucas, Siemens Energy Inc.  Project Manager; Cindy L. Holman, OMPA General Manager; Dan Delgado, Siemens Energy Inc. Account Manager; and Umesh Sadalge; OMPA Senior Facilities Engineer – Generation

(Front row): Charles Lamb, OMPA Board Chair; and Fred Hellmich, Siemens Energy Inc. Manager, New Unit Sales North America, shake hands after executing the procurement contract on January 31st for the 103-megawatt simple-cycle combustion turbine-generator that Siemens Energy will be supplying for the Charles D. Lamb Energy Project that will be constructed in Kay County, Oklahoma.  Jennifer Rogers Photo