NTE Carolinas reports progress on its gas-fired power project in North Carolina

NTE Carolinas LLC has made progress lately toward a construction start on its 475-MW Kings Mountain Energy Center project, with commercial operation of the gas-fired plant currently expected to occur in the second quarter of 2018.

NTE Carolinas on Oct. 16 filed a project update with the North Carolina Utilities Commission, which in October 2014 had approved a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for this facility. The project site is in Cleveland County, North Carolina.

NTE Carolinas told the commission it has lately:

  • executed the natural gas supply agreement for the facility;
  • received a final PSD air permit from North Carolina regulators;
  • executed a Water & Wastewater Services Agreement with the City of Kings Mountain;
  • executed a Large Generator Interconnection Agreement (LGIA) with Duke Energy Carolinas LLC;
  • issued a notice to proceed to Gemma Power Systems LLC, the Engineering, Procurement and Construction Contractor;
  • issued a notice to proceed to Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas for fabrication of a M501GAC Combustion Turbine.

In accordance with the executed LGIA, Duke Energy Carolinas began performing the required network upgrades to interconnect the facility to DEC’s transmission system, beginning with the re-location of a 44-kV transmission line. The projected commercial operation date for the facility is the second quarter of 2018. There are currently no firm cost estimate revisions for the facility, the company added.

The update was authored by: Michael C. Green, Vice President, Telephone: (321) 299-7714, mgreen@nteenergy.com.

NTE Carolinas on March 4 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a notice of self-certification as an exempt wholesale generator. It noted that the Kings Mountain Energy Center will consist of one Mitsubishi Hitachi M501GAC combustion turbine, one heat recovery steam generator and one Mitsubishi Hitachi (or equivalent) steam turbine.

In December 2014, NTE Carolinas announced that it has entered into a long-term power purchase agrement with the City of Greenwood, S.C., to provide power to the city. The terms of the agreement include the provision that Greenwood wil purchase a portion of the capacity and energy generated by the Kings Mountain Energy Center project for an initial term of 20 years.

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