Niland U2 Turbine Repairs Project (No. 10636938)


SCH Number
Public Agency
Imperial Irrigation District
Document Title
Niland U2 Turbine Repairs Project (No. 10636938)
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The Niland Gas Turbine Plant is a 93MW simple-cycle facility consisting of two natural gas combustion turbine generators. The plant began operation on 05/08/2008. The generators are critical to the reliable operation of the IID Balancing Authority, providing IID’s system operations center with voltage support, spin and non-spin reserve capacity and reactive regulation. On 01/19/2023, unit 2 tripped on compressor stall due to high vibration. Upon inspection Unit 2 revealed compressor failure damage with approximately 95% of low-pressure compressor rotor blades missing or damaged. Impact damage was observed on the high-pressure turbine and metal splatter noted in low pressure turbine. An outside contractor will disassemble gas turbine engine, take offsite, repair and return for re-installation at the site.

Contact Information

Donald Vargas
Agency Name
Imperial Irrigation District
Job Title
Environmental Compliance Administrator
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency / Project Applicant


Citywide, Countywide
Other Location Info
402 East Beal Road in Niland, California, 92257

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Sec.15302 (Class 2)
Reasons for Exemption
The project is exempt under Section 15302 (Class 2 exemption) for the reason that it entails the replacement or reconstruction of existing structures and facilities where the new structure will be located on the same site as the structure replaced and will have substantially the same purpose and capacity as the structure replaced, this exemption includes but is not limited to the replacement or reconstruction of existing utility systems and/or facilities involving negligible or no expansion of capacity.
County Clerk


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