Siemens wins work on Oregon Clean Energy Center project in Ohio

Siemens said Nov. 21 that it has received an order from Black & Veatch for power generation equipment to be used at the Oregon Clean Energy Center (OCEC) in Oregon, Ohio, which is scheduled to come on line by the summer of 2017.

This project, located in a Toledo suburb, is a 869-MW H-class combined-cycle power plant (CCPP). Siemens will engineer and deliver the thermodynamic cycle design and Power Island equipment as well as perform ongoing service at the plant under a long-term service and maintenance agreement.

Black & Veatch is the contractor and will provide engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning services for the complete facility. Equipped with the latest state-of-the-art Siemens H-class gas turbine, OCEC will be capable of supplying cost-efficient electricity to more than 800,000 homes in the northwest Ohio region. This will be one of the most efficient power plants in Ohio.

“Siemens is very excited to be part of the advancement in the energy landscape in northwest Ohio and the state of Ohio,” said Martin Tartibi, Senior Executive Vice President at Siemens Energy Solutions Americas. “Adding this state-of-the-art combined cycle power generation facility is an important step toward utilizing the resources in Ohio and providing a more sustainable energy portfolio for the state.”

“Siemens advanced turbine technology and services will be a centerpiece of the Oregon Clean Energy Center clean energy project,” said Dean Oskvig, President and CEO of Black & Veatch’s energy business. “The technology will enhance emissions control and plant operating efficiencies, key goals for our client and the community.”

Siemens will deliver the Power Island configuration consisting of two SGT6-8000H gas turbines, one SST6-5000 steam turbine, three SGen6-2000H generators, two heat recovery steam generators, along with the other electrical equipment and mechanical equipment, and the SPPA-T3000 instrumentation and control system that will allow this plant to come on online and change load rapidly to meet the needs of a changing energy landscape. The gas turbines, steam turbines and generators will be manufactured at the Siemens factory in Charlotte, North Carolina, which is the main production facility for Siemens 60 Hz power generation.

Siemens has also been awarded a long-term service agreement for the combustion turbines, which will help support the optimal and efficient operation of the main components over the life cycle of the project. Siemens has also been contracted to provide operation and maintenance for the first five years.

Energy Investors Funds (EIF) and I Squared Capital, an independent global infrastructure investment manager, announded Nov. 17 that have formed an equity partnership to construct the Oregon Clean Energy Center. EIF, through one of its private equity funds, EIF United States Power Fund IV LP (USPF IV) and I Squared Capital, through its ISQ Global Infrastructure Fund, are equal partners in the project. 

OCEC was approved by the Ohio Power Siting Board in May 2013 and was developed by North America Project Development LLC (NAPD). NAPD will retain an interest in OCEC going forward. NAPD was established by Bill Siderewicz and Bill Martin, each with over 34 years experience in private power, having developed well over 10,000 MW of operating power projects.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.