PJM works out deal covering AEP grid upgrades needed for NTE Ohio project

PJM Interconnection on Nov. 30 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission an executed Interconnection Construction Service Agreement (ICSA) with power project developer NTE Ohio LLC and the Appalachian Power subsidiary of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP).

The NTE Ohio ICSA facilitates the interconnection of the Middletown Energy Center to the PJM transmission system, and supports the executed Interconnection Service Agreement (ISA) among PJM, NTE Ohio and Duke Energy Business Services LLC on behalf of Duke Energy Ohio. While AEP is not designated as an interconnection transmission owner under the Duke ISA, it is designated as an additional transmission owner under that agreement, as certain transmission facilities owned by AEP need to be upgraded to facilitate the interconnection of the Middletown Energy Center.

NTE Ohio is not responsible for building any facilities under the NTE Ohio ICSA. All work described in the scope of work in Schedule I for Appalachian Power will be completed within 24 months after execution of this ICSA.

Listed project contact information is: NTE Ohio LLC, 24 Cathedral Place, Suite 300, St. Augustine, FL 32084, Attn: T.R. Eves.

In other recent news for this project:

  • Argan Inc. (NYSE AMEX: AGX) announced Oct. 5 that its wholly owned subsidiary, Gemma Power Systems, has received from the NTE Ohio affiliate of NTE Energy a full notice to proceed with engineering, procurement and construction activities for the Middletown Energy Center located in Butler County, Ohio. Middletown will be a state-of-the-art 475-MW natural gas-fired facility that will operate in a combined-cycle configuration. The project is estimated to be completed in the spring of 2018.
  • NTE Energy on Oct. 2 had announced that NTE Ohio successfully closed $645 million in project financing for construction and operation of the Middletown Energy Center. The facility will be one of the most efficient and clean sources of capacity and energy in PJM, employing Mitsubishi’s GAC turbine technology in a combined-cycle configuration, the company noted.
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