Corpus Christi Energy Center

Corpus Christi Energy Center is located in Corpus Christi, Texas, on a nine-acre site. Two combustion turbines are routed to two heat recovery steam generators, which provide steam to one steam turbine. The construction of the plant was coordinated and managed by Calpine using a general contractor.

Under the terms of a 20-year power and steam sales agreement, Citgo Refining Company purchases up to 60 megawatts of power and 750,000 pounds of steam per hour. Elementis Chromium purchases 140,000 pounds of steam per hour under a 10-year contract. Flint Hills Resources purchases 400,000 pounds of steam per hour under a 20-year contract. The remainder of the power is sold in the Texas wholesale market.

A special feature of this facility is the implementation of a saltwater cooling tower, which reduces environmental impacts and conserves precious city fresh water resources.


Corpus Christi, TX

Commercial Operation Date:

October 2002

Calpine Net Interest Baseload (MW):

426 megawatts

Calpine Net Interest With Peaking (MW):

500 megawatts


Calpine 100%


Natural gas-fired, combined-cycle cogeneration


GE combustion and Alstom steam

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