The City Council has unanimously approved the construction of an energy-producing co-generator that burns a petroleum byproduct and could, the company says, save millions of gallons of oil a year.
GWF Power Systems Co. of Irvine, a sister company of the Garrett Corp., had previously received construction approval from the South Coast Air Quality Management District.
Bill Bowler, GWF's vice president of operations, said he expects to break ground in March for the new facility, on Garrett property near the corner of Del Amo Boulevard and Van Ness Avenue, and begin operating by late December.
GWF's generator is unique, Bowler said, because a closed turbine recirculates a sealed volume of pressurized air from its exhaust back into its intake. Contemporary gas turbines are open and take air from the atmosphere and emit it as exhaust.