Brazos Electric is the largest generation and transmission cooperative in Texas and is responsible for generating and transporting wholesale electricity to its 16 member-owner distribution cooperatives and 2 municipal systems. After many years of purchasing a major portion of their electric needs directly from independent power producers and experiencing significant growth in electric demand, Brazos Electric decided to begin a major capital generation expansion program.
Their first power plant under this program would be the first unit Brazos Electric had built in the last 11 years. Brazos Electric's main concerns were with capital cost, schedule, plant reliability, and job site safety during construction. Based upon Fluor's proposal to successfully address the key issues, Brazos Electric contracted with Fluor to design, build, and commission this 620-megawatt, natural gas-fired, combined cycle power plant.