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Natural Resources

Renewable Energy

Southern Power Company owns and operates the Nacogdoches Generating Plant, the largest wood-fueled biomass power generation facility in the U.S. The 100 MW power plant became operational in June 2012 and has a 20-year power purchase agreement with the city of Austin.

Natural Gas

Nacogdoches County is located in East Texas in the midst of the Haynesville Shale.

Regional Operating Offices & Headquarters

Nacogdoches County, a logical site for regional operating offices for oil and gas companies, is located midway between Shreveport, LA and Houston, TX on US-59. With an urban population of 33,000 (65,000 in county), it is the only city/town between Shreveport and Nacogdoches with a population greater than 10,000.

Oil & Gas companies currently operating in Nacogdoches County:

  • Anadarko E&P
  • Encana Corporation
  • Exco Operating Company
  • Exxon Mobil
  • Goodrich Petroleum Corporation
  • Samson Contour
  • Samson Lone Star
  • Select Energy Services
  • Sonerra Resources
  • XTO Energy (a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil)

Academic and Workforce Training Resources

Stephen F. Austin State University

With approximately 13,000 students and 1,500 faculty/staff, SFASU is the only state university in this heavily rural region; in addition to offering numerous degrees in the physical sciences, the University also offers a Petroleum Land Management Certification through its College of Business.

Nacogdoches County Career and Technical Training Center

The Tech Center will offer different kinds of specialty courses to serve the Nacogdoches County workforce community.

Southern Power Company's Nacogdoches Generating Plant (Biomass) Overview

Southern Power Company, a subsidiary of Southern Company , acquires, builds, manages, and owns wholesale generation assets, which operates a 100 megawats (MW) biomass power plant in Sacul, Texas (in NW Nacogdoches County). Groundbreaking occured in November 2009 and began commercial operation in June 2012.

The plant serves the electricity needs in Austin, Texas and generates 100MW. It is the largest biomass power plant in the U.S.

The plant consists of a bubbling fluidized-bed boiler, a condensing steam turbine generator with an evaporative cooling tower, wood fuel handling system and auxiliary support equipment. The plant is fueled with non-merchantable wood biomass materials, including forest residue from the surrounding areas, pre-commercial thinnings, wood processing residues and clean municipal wood waste. Approximately 1 million tons of fuel will be required annually, which is procured within a 75-mile radius of the project site.

The Nacogdoches generating facility fulfills a 20-year contract to provide electricity to Austin Energy, based in Austin, Texas. The plant will pay approximately $58 million in new taxes over 20 years and is investing in education in the community. Prime Acres Inc., the plant’s first fuel load supplier, joined Southern Power in a donation towards the Nacogdoches County Career and Technical Training Center. Southern Company is also a proud participant in forestry education with Stephen F. Austin State University, located in Nacogdoches, endowing the Southern Power Forestry Scholarship in 2012.