The Tenaska Gateway Generating Station near Mt. Enterprise in Rusk County, Texas, is a natural gas-fueled combined-cycle electric generating station developed and owned by Tenaska Gateway Partners, Ltd. Tenaska affiliates manage and operate the plant, which includes three General Electric Frame 7FA gas turbines, three heat recovery steam generators and one General Electric steam turbine.
Tenaska Gateway can dispatch power to both the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) and the Eastern power distribution grids. The plant also has the ability to generate power using fuel oil.
Shell Energy North America (US), L.P. (Shell) purchases the entire power output, incorporating the plant into its regional supply portfolio and selling the power on a merchant basis within ERCOT and to markets in the Eastern Interconnected Grid, such as the Southwest Power Pool (SPP). Natural gas to fuel the plant, which can power more than 800,000 homes, is supplied by Shell.
The plant provides 28 well-paying, full-time jobs and generates an annual payroll, including payments to local subcontractors and vendors, of more than $6.7 million per year. The plant paid more than $24.8 million in property taxes through 2012.