Calpine doing site work on Garrison gas plant

Calpine (NYSE:CPN) is doing site work on the first 300-MW phase of the planned Garrison combined-cycle gas power plant near Dover in Kent County, Del., a spokesperson confirmed recently.

Road Improvements to the Garrison Oak Technical Park, where the Garrison Energy Center will be located, necessary to accommodate the new power facility, were initiated in March by the city. It is anticipated that construction of the power block will commence in early April,” Calpine representative Norma Dunn said in reply to a March 28 email from GenerationHub.

All the needed government approvals for the merchant gas plant have been obtained, the spokesperson said. The first 300-MW phase is scheduled for completion by June 1, 2015. The timing of a second phase is yet to be determined and will be based upon market needs and other conditions, Dunn said.

Parsons Brinkerhoff and Kvaerner have teamed to provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for the Garrison project, said the Calpine official. “We anticipate about 250 craft personnel will be utilized at the peak of the construction period,” Dunn said.

The joint venture will perform the engineering, procurement and construction with a value to Kvaerner of $100m to $120m, said the Norway-based Kvaerner in a December 2012 statement. Calpine isn’t revealing the actual construction cost of the power plant.

The merchant plant is being built to supply power to the PJM market, Dunn noted. Calpine has also been pursuing new natural gas-fired generation in Texas.

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