Gemma gets limited notice to proceed on 475-MW NTE Ohio project

Gemma Power Systems LLC said Aug. 20 that it has received an Interim Notice to Proceed (INTP) under an Engineering, Procurement and Construction Services (EPC) contract with NTE Ohio LLC, an affiliate of NTE Energy, to construct a 475-MW natural gas-fired power plant in Middletown, Ohio.

The Ohio project features an advanced Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas (MHPSA) M501GAC combustion turbine generator, a Vogt Power International supplementary-fired heat recovery steam generator and a Toshiba America Energy Systems steam turbine generator.

It is one of two similar projects which GPS is contracted to perform for NTE. The second project is located in Kings Mountain, N.C, and being developed by NTE Carolinas LLC.

The Middletown Energy Center project in Ohio has a contract value of approximately $300 million and is scheduled to be completed in the second quarter of 2018. The Kings Mountain Energy Center project in North Carolina is anticipated to be released in September and will be complete later in 2018.

“NTE is a new customer for us and we look forward to demonstrating how we deliver a great project experience as we build these state-of-the art facilities for them,” said William F. Griffin Jr., Chief Executive Officer of Gemma Power Systems. “We’re very pleased to be working with NTE on these projects and anticipate developing a long-term relationship with them.”

The Middletown Energy Center project will employ 300 craft workers at the peak of construction. Approximately 25-30 full time employees will be required to operate the facility when it is completed.

Gemma Power Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Argan Inc. (NYSE: AGX), is a leading EPC company providing innovative solutions for the power and renewable energy industry. Its wide-ranging and comprehensive experience includes 11,000 MW of installed capacity including combined cycle and simple cycle gas turbine generating plants, biomass, solar facilities, wind farms, biofuel plants and environmental facilities.

NTE Ohio is proposing the installation of a combined-cycle natural gas generating facility by December 2017 in Middletown, Ohio, near the intersection of Oxford State Road and Cincinnati Dayton Road, said a Facilities Study on the project from PJM Interconnection that is dated July 2015. The project location is about 1.5 miles northeast of the existing Duke Energy Ohio (DEO) Todhunter Substation facility. NTE Ohio requested the interconnection to be studied as a 513 MW capacity injection into the DEO system by tapping into the existing DEO Todhunter-Foster 345-kV circuit which is adjacent to the plant site.

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