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GenOn to Shut Down Oxnard Plant After Bidding Process Fails

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By Editors of Power Engineering

One week after receiving word that its plan to build a new gas plant in Oxnard, California was blocked, a subsudiary of NRG has announced it will shut down its existing gas plant in the city.

The 560-MW, gas-fired Mandalay Generating Station operated by GenOn will cease operations by Dec. 31, NRG told the Ventura County Star. The plant was not selected by a bidding process with Southern California Edison two weeks ago, and would no longer have a contract with a utility.

David Knox, a spokesman for the company, said operating the plant is no longer financially feasible, especially since two of the three units at the plant are due for inspections.

A motion to close the plant has been filed with the Public Utilities Commission. Knox said there are no plans to demolish the plant at this time.

NRG had hoped to replace two of Mandalay’s three units with a new 262-MW gas plant in the area. However, two members of the California Energy Commission opposed the project after receiving hundreds of messages opposing the development, and NRG Energy officially pulled the plans from consideration shortly afterward.

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