Turtle Creek Station

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

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 will be used as a peaking station, which means 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

Sarpy County Peaking Station

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


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

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 will be used as a peaking station, which means 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

Sarpy County Peaking Station

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

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