IMG signs with Rolls-Royce to supply engines for Pennsylvania power projects

At the end of 2015, Pennsylvania-based power plant developer IMG Development LLC and Rolls-Royce signed a long-term strategic agreement for the supply of Rolls-Royce medium-speed gensets for a minimum of five plants extending into 2020.

The first part of the agreement involves the delivery of six B35:40 gas generating sets designed for two new power plants in Pennsylvania that will be operated by affiliates of IMG Midstream LLC, said Rolls-Royce Power Systems in a Jan. 27 statement. The two companies also signed a long-term service agreement for the systems being supplied to the two plants. The power plants will feed up to 40 MW of electric power into the local grid.

Bergen Engines is part of Rolls-Royce Power Systems. Three gensets, each of which will produce 7,010 kW, are to be installed in each power plant. The gensets are based on the medium-speed 16-cylinder B35:40 gas engine from Bergen Engines.

Ron J. Kiecana, Senior Managing Director and Board Member at IMG, said: “Rolls Royce has the right end-to-end power generation solution to help us rapidly deploy our distributed generation model in infrastructure constrained areas with the type of flexible power needed to address a dynamic energy market where traditional energy supply and consumption patterns are changing. We are excited about this partnership and growing our distributed power generation model with Rolls Royce in the U.S. market.”

Matthias Vogel, Head of Power Generation Business at Rolls-Royce Power Systems, added: “We are delighted with the new long-term cooperation with IMG Development LLC and the trust IMG has placed in our products.”

IMG has lately been getting permits for, and PJM Interconnection deals for interconnection of, several gas-fired projects in Pennsylvania. Recent project developments include:

  • PJM on Jan. 20 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission an executed Interconnection Service Agreement with IMG Development and interconnecting transmission owner Pennsylvania Electric for a 19.9-MW, gas-fired project. The IMG ISA facilitates the interconnection to the PJM system of the Glory Barn Road Generating Facility Alpaca, located in Canton Township, Pa. The project consists of five 4-MW reciprocating engines connected to a common bus. This project, under PJM queue position #Z2-011, is due for commercial operation on or before June 30, 2017.
  • The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection said in a notice in the Jan. 9 Pennsylvania Bulletin that it has issued an air permit to Delmar Energy LLC to construct three 9,708 bhp (7.2 MWs) 4 stroke, lean burn Rolls Royce Bergen B-35:40-V16AG-2 natural gas-fired engine/generator sets. This proposed station is to be located in Stevens Township, Bradford County. The company address is: 6051 Wallace Road Extension, Suite 100, Wexford, PA 15090. That is the address for IMG Midstream.
  • PJM filed with FERC on Dec. 21 an executed Wholesale Market Participation Agreement with Amity Energy LLC and transmission owner West Penn Power. The Amity WMPA supersedes a prior agreement entered into among PJM, IMG Development and West Penn. IMG Development assigned its project to Amity. This project, under PJM Queue #Z2-106, is the Amity Generation Facility, to be located at 496 Mankey Road, Amwell Township, Washington County, Pa. The Maximum Facility Output will be 19.9 MW. It consists of five 4-MW natural gas-fired reciprocating engine generator sets connected to a common bus. The old agreement called for a commercial operation date by July 1, 2016, while the new one sets a June 30, 2017, commercial operation target.
  • The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection on Dec. 5 published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin notices of intent to approve air permits for four project companies controlled by IMG Midstream. They are: Niles Valley Energy LLC for the construction of three 9,708 bhp (7.2 MWs) 4 stroke, lean burn Rolls Royce Bergen B-35:40-V16AG-2 natural gas-fired engine/generator sets at a site in Charleston Township, Tioga County; Wolf Run Energy LLC for three 9,708 bhp (7.2 MWs) 4 stroke, lean burn Rolls Royce Bergen B-35:40-V16AG-2 natural gas-fired engine/generator sets at a site in Wilmot Township, Bradford County; Mill Creek Energy LLC for three 9,708 bhp (7.2 MWs) 4 stroke, lean burn Rolls Royce Bergen B-35:40-V16AG-2 natural gas-fired engine/generator sets at a site in Granville Township, Bradford County; and Litchfield Energy LLC for the construction of three 9,708 bhp (7.2 MWs) 4 stroke, lean burn Rolls Royce Bergen B-35:40-V16AG-2 natural gas-fired engine/generator sets in Litchfield Township, Bradford County.

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