Rio Bravo Poso

Rio Bravo Poso

Rio Bravo Poso (RBP) is located in the heart of California’s oil producing region in Kern County near Bakersfield. RBP is a 35MW facility presently operating on a coal and petroleum coke fuel and typically operates during the summer peak demand season. The power produced by RBP is purchased by Pacific Gas and Electric through long-term Power Purchase Agreement.

The facility utilizes circulating fluidized bed (CFB) boiler technology with thermal NOx control for a more complete and efficient burn of the fuel, improving plant performance and reducing plant emissions.

Rio Bravo Poso is a partnership venture between IHI Power Generation and North American Power Group. IPSC provides operations and maintenance services under an Operations and Maintenance agreement.

Project Overview

Location: Bakersfield, California
Circulating Fluidized Bed (CFB) steam generating unit
Fuel Type:
Coal and pet coke
In-Service Date: 1989
Capacity: 35 MW net
30-Year Power Purchase Agreement with Pacific Gas & Electric. Qualified Facility status by virtue of sending steam into oil field for enhanced oil recovery (EOR), expires 2019
Ownership: IHI Power Generation Corp. 50% North American Power Group (50%)
Operator: IHI Power Services Corp.
  • Contact Information:
  • Bob Freidt, Plant Manager
  • (661) 393-2278
  • Address:
  • 16608 Porterville Hwy. P.O. Box 81027
  • Bakersfield, CA 93308