Turtle Creek Station

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Artists rendering of Turtle Creek Station from South 168th Street.

For the latest happenings at the Turtle Creek Station site location, please see the News Feed at the bottom of this page.

Power with Purpose is OPPD’s solar + natural gas project that moves us toward our goal of net-zero carbon production by 2050 and supports OPPD's unwavering mission to provide affordable, reliable and environmentally sensitive energy services to customers. Turtle Creek Station is one of this initiative’s backup natural gas plants.

Turtle Creek Station will be located near South 168th Street & Fairview Road in Sarpy County. It will include two, simple-cycle combustion turbines and supporting structures for generation, along with a substation for transmission.

Turtle Creek Station will be used to balance the energy load as appropriate and the plant will run only as needed, per market conditions (estimated at less than 15% of the time).

Why the name “Turtle Creek Station?”

Waterways large and small carve their way through OPPD’s service territory, shaping the landscape and character of the region. The new power generation site is situated just a few hundred meters west of Turtle Creek, a name also shared by a small dam and reservoir. OPPD employees and leadership opted for that name, noting that on top of the geographic connection, the name evokes a pleasant sense of rural community and environmental stewardship.

Why Natural Gas?

New natural gas facilities will provide greater operating flexibility and enable OPPD to further integrate renewable energy into our portfolio, while maintaining affordability, reliability and resiliency.

Adding this generation will help OPPD meet the growing energy needs of our service territory and will enable OPPD’s system to remain resilient. That means OPPD can continue providing energy to our customers even when operations are impacted by a major outage event.

Combustion Turbines

OPPD selected Siemens Energy, Inc. to provide two SGT6-5000F combustion turbines to power its new Turtle Creek Station, a simple-cycle turbine facility. The turbine technology converts natural gas into energy to drive a generator, which produces electricity.

The modern natural gas turbines from Siemens Energy, Inc. are designed to also run on light fuel oil, adding fuel source resiliency. And they are capable of running on a 30% hydrogen/natural gas blend or biodiesel in support of future technology advancements to further decarbonization of OPPD’s generation assets. The turbines offer low emissions that help OPPD meet its targets without the need for additional air pollution control devices. They also have improved operational characteristics, such as fast start-up to supplement renewable energy and meet the changing generation needs of the grid.

Sarpy Southwest Transmission Project

OPPD has completed routing three separate transmission lines in the area that are needed to maintain system resiliency and reliability, as well as support customer load growth and future power generation. For more information and to see the transmission line routes, please click here.

Additional Site Information

Community Meeting: South 168th & Fairview Road

OPPD The Wire: New facility names reflect history, geography of region

OPPD The Wire: OPPD presents details of new backup natural gas generation

OPPD The Wire: OPPD signs contract for two natural gas generation stations

OPPD The Wire: Work progressing at natural gas sites

OPPD The Wire: OPPD seeks to extend current operations at North Omaha Station


Artists rendering of Turtle Creek Station from South 168th Street.

For the latest happenings at the Turtle Creek Station site location, please see the News Feed at the bottom of this page.

Power with Purpose is OPPD’s solar + natural gas project that moves us toward our goal of net-zero carbon production by 2050 and supports OPPD's unwavering mission to provide affordable, reliable and environmentally sensitive energy services to customers. Turtle Creek Station is one of this initiative’s backup natural gas plants.

Turtle Creek Station will be located near South 168th Street & Fairview Road in Sarpy County. It will include two, simple-cycle combustion turbines and supporting structures for generation, along with a substation for transmission.

Turtle Creek Station will be used to balance the energy load as appropriate and the plant will run only as needed, per market conditions (estimated at less than 15% of the time).

Why the name “Turtle Creek Station?”

Waterways large and small carve their way through OPPD’s service territory, shaping the landscape and character of the region. The new power generation site is situated just a few hundred meters west of Turtle Creek, a name also shared by a small dam and reservoir. OPPD employees and leadership opted for that name, noting that on top of the geographic connection, the name evokes a pleasant sense of rural community and environmental stewardship.

Why Natural Gas?

New natural gas facilities will provide greater operating flexibility and enable OPPD to further integrate renewable energy into our portfolio, while maintaining affordability, reliability and resiliency.

Adding this generation will help OPPD meet the growing energy needs of our service territory and will enable OPPD’s system to remain resilient. That means OPPD can continue providing energy to our customers even when operations are impacted by a major outage event.

Combustion Turbines

OPPD selected Siemens Energy, Inc. to provide two SGT6-5000F combustion turbines to power its new Turtle Creek Station, a simple-cycle turbine facility. The turbine technology converts natural gas into energy to drive a generator, which produces electricity.

The modern natural gas turbines from Siemens Energy, Inc. are designed to also run on light fuel oil, adding fuel source resiliency. And they are capable of running on a 30% hydrogen/natural gas blend or biodiesel in support of future technology advancements to further decarbonization of OPPD’s generation assets. The turbines offer low emissions that help OPPD meet its targets without the need for additional air pollution control devices. They also have improved operational characteristics, such as fast start-up to supplement renewable energy and meet the changing generation needs of the grid.

Sarpy Southwest Transmission Project

OPPD has completed routing three separate transmission lines in the area that are needed to maintain system resiliency and reliability, as well as support customer load growth and future power generation. For more information and to see the transmission line routes, please click here.

Additional Site Information

Community Meeting: South 168th & Fairview Road

OPPD The Wire: New facility names reflect history, geography of region

OPPD The Wire: OPPD presents details of new backup natural gas generation

OPPD The Wire: OPPD signs contract for two natural gas generation stations

OPPD The Wire: Work progressing at natural gas sites

OPPD The Wire: OPPD seeks to extend current operations at North Omaha Station

  • February 2023 Update

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    Construction progresses during the winter months for the substation at Turtle Creek Station with concrete duct bank pours, ground grid installation, and steel support erection underway.

    The administration building walls are going up with framing activities subsequently following.

    In the generation or power block area, both sets of Siemens Energy gas turbines and generators were placed on their foundation last month.


    Facing North - Substation Construction Progress

  • December 2022 Update

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    Beginning Sunday, Dec. 11, OPPD will begin one of two late night moves, moving its second simple-cycle combustion turbine and generator from Siemens Energy, as well as related equipment, to the Turtle Creek Station (TCS) site. The second move will occur Dec. 28.

    This heavy haul move is similar to the moves that happened earlier this fall. As with the previous moves, the work to move the units to Turtle Creek Station is scheduled at night to cause minimal traffic disruption, as brief road closures may be needed. OPPD and our contracted large equipment movers have coordinated with city, county and state officials, as well as members of law enforcement, to ensure the safety of the public and workers along the route.

    If members of the public come across this move, we ask that they refrain from approaching employees, contractors or vehicles and stay far back from the work taking place so that we can complete it safely.

  • Fall 2022 Update

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    Beginning Sunday, Oct. 30, OPPD will begin moving a generator and turbine to the Turtle Creek Station (TCS) site. This type of move will happen once more on dates yet to be determined in December.

    The late night moves involve two simple-cycle combustion turbines and two generators from Siemens Energy, as well as related equipment. This technology converts natural gas into energy to drive a generator, which powers electricity. One of the turbines loaded on a trailer weighs about 862,000 pounds. Together, the truck and trailer set-up is 196-feet long.

    In mid-October, one turbine and one generator arrived by rail to a local rail spur location. The work to move the units to Turtle Creek Station is scheduled at night to cause minimal traffic disruption, as brief road closures may be needed. OPPD and our contracted large equipment movers have coordinated with city, county and state officials, as well as members of law enforcement, to ensure the safety of the public and workers along the route.

    If members of the public come across this move, we ask that they refrain from approaching employees, contractors or vehicles and stay far back from the work taking place so that we can complete it safely.

    An additional turbine and generator are scheduled to arrive in December, at which point, we will commence another heavy move to TCS.

  • Summer 2022 Update

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    OPPD's vendor, Zachry Group, continues to prepare laydown and storage areas for equipment, materials, and supplies in anticipation of approaching construction work.

    Preliminary grading is winding down and foundation work has begun in preparation for the new facility.

    This summer, construction activities will include work on gas and transmission infrastructure, although major equipment isn’t expected to arrive until late summer or early fall.


  • April 2022 Update

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    Construction on new transmission lines to connect the new plant and substation to the power grid is beginning. Our partner contractor, Brink Constructors, has begun working with their subcontractors to clear trees along the routes. In addition, material is being delivered daily to our staging area off 180th and Platteview Road. In the coming weeks, Dietzel Enterprises, a Brink subcontractor, will begin foundation installation in the area. Read more about the Sarpy Southwest Transmission Project.

    Grading is nearly complete where the new facility and substation will be located. Over the next couple months and into the summer, OPPD’s vendor, Zachry, will begin work on the associated substation and will begin construction on the natural gas plant.

Page last updated: 03 Feb 2023, 09:44 AM