Salt Grass 4xW501 Combined Cycle Power Systems Engineering Gas Turbine

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Salt Grass 4xW501 Combined Cycle Power Systems Engineering Gas Turbine

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Salt Grass 4xW501 Combined Cycle PSE


Engineering--United States


The 300MW Salt Grass plant, designed and built by Power Systems Engineering, later known as Destec Engineering, comprised four separate single-shaft combined cycle units. The gas turbines, steam turbines (4x25MW units) and generators were on the same shaft. The plant included a start-up boiler to enable the steam turbines to be used to start the gas turbines. The plant was built as a dedicated power supply for Dow Chemical Company’s chemical plant operations in Freeport, Texas. The plant was designed, built, and owned by Power Systems Engineering (PSE), later Destec Engineering, from 1970 to 1972. The gas turbines were manufactured as Westinghouse Electric's turbine factory in Lester, Pennsylvania.

Originally called the Westinghouse Electric Company, George Westinghouse (1846-1914) founded his manufacturing company in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on January 8, 1886. In 1889, he renamed his business The Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company. Westinghouse's primary products include turbines, generators, motors and switchgear related to the generation, transmission, and use of electricity. The company changed its name to Westinghouse Electric Corporation in 1945. In 1981, the company began to relocate its division headquarters for the Steam-Turbine Generator Divisions from Pennsylvania (turbines from Lester and generators from Pittsburgh) to Orlando, Florida. The Power Generation Business Unit (PGBU) building was located in The Quadrangle, at 4400 Alafaya Trail. Originally, Westinghouse had purchased a large plot of land for future development that extended westward from Alafaya Trail to Rouse Road. The original headquarters was located on several acres of that land parcel close to Alafaya Trail.

As the PGBU grew in size, other buildings were rented and then, after PGBU was sold to Siemens Corporation, additional buildings were added to the complex. In 1994, after a major corporate management shuffling and commitment to change from an industrial manufacturing company to primarily a broadcasting/communications company, Westinghouse bought the CBS Network and changed its name to the CBS Corporation. As the PGBU grew in size, other buildings were rented and then, after PGBU was sold to Siemens Corporation in 1998, additional buildings were added to the Quadrangle.


Original black and white photograph: Private Collection of Harry L. Jaeger.

Date Created

ca. 1971


Jaeger, Harry L.

Is Format Of

Digital reproduction of original black and white photograph.

Is Part Of

Westinghouse Electric Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.




2.95 MB


1 black and white photograph


Still Image


Dow Chemical Company, Freeport, Texas

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History Teacher

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Copyright to this resource is held by Harry L. Jaeger and is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.


Jaeger, Harry L.
Cepero, Laura

Digital Collection

External Reference

"History." Westinghouse Nuclear.
"Westinghouse Power Generation Booklet." RICHES of Central Florida.



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