Two parties buy 940-MW Lordstown project in Ohio; construction begins

Macquarie Infrastructure Partners III LP (MIP III), along with Siemens Financial Services (SFS), announced April 6 that they have entered an agreement to construct the 940-MW Lordstown Energy Center (LEC), a combined cycle gas turbine project in Ohio.

The LEC site is situated approximately 50 miles southeast of Cleveland in the village of Lordstown. The developer of the project, Clean Energy Future, will retain an interest in the project. Siemens will act as the Engineering Procurement Construction (EPC) contractor and provide the gas turbines, a steam turbine, and generators. The facility will be a 2×1 combined cycle power plant, featuring Siemens H-class technology.

“Lordstown Energy Center is a very high quality energy infrastructure project with which we are proud to be associated,” said Chris Leslie, Chief Executive Officer of MIP III. “LEC is expected to utilize the latest in high efficiency gas turbine power generation technology – technology that is both cost effective and more environmentally friendly than the aging coal-fired capacity that it will replace.”

MIP III will provide 73% of the equity investment and Siemens Financial Services will provide the remaining 27%. A consortium of banks led by Industrial & Commercial Bank of China, Credit Agricole, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Investec, will provide the $445 million term debt to fund the construction.

“As the technology partner for LEC, we are pleased to provide Lordstown Energy Center with a turnkey solution of world-class power equipment, including gas and steam turbines manufactured by Siemens workers at our U.S.-based energy hub in North Carolina. This equipment will be serviced with pride by Siemens for many years to come,” said John Gibson, Senior Vice President, Head of Sales North America at Siemens Power and Gas Division.

The turnkey solution for Lordstown will include two SGT6-8000H gas turbines, one SST-5000 steam turbine, two SGen-1200A generators as part of the gas turbine packages, one SGen-2000H generator as part of the steam turbine package, and a Siemens SPPA-T3000 integrated plant control system.

“We are very pleased to have such a distinguished and experienced team of international power industry leaders, as Macquarie and Siemens, taking over the leadership role within LEC. Their strong track records of success will be most beneficial in meeting the project’s goals,” said William Siderewicz, President of Clean Energy Future.

LEC is a “shovel ready” project, having received all required approvals and permits. Construction will begin immediately. The facility is expected to commence commercial operations in the summer of 2018.

Power produced by the project will be delivered into the PJM Interconnection market. The plant will replace a portion of the more than 18 GW of coal-fired generating capacity in the region that has been retired since 2012, the project backers noted.

Whitehall Capital Markets LLC served as the Equity Placement Agent and Financial Advisor for the debt raise for Clean Energy Future-Lordstown. Barclays is MIRA’s financial advisor for this transaction. Chadbourne & Parke LLP represented Macquarie Infrastructure Partners III on the acquisition of the Lordstown project and on the financing for the project.

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA) is the world’s leading infrastructure asset manager with growing portfolios in real estate, agriculture and energy. MIRA is part of Macquarie Group, a leading financial services provider across a diverse range of sectors around the world. Founded in 1969, Macquarie Group is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange and has operations in 28 countries. MIP III is a diversified, closed end infrastructure investment vehicle that focuses on investments in infrastructure and related assets in the U.S. and Canada.

Siemens Corp. is a U.S. subsidiary of Siemens AG, a global company focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a leading supplier of systems for power generation and transmission as well as medical diagnosis.

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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.