Gemma achieves substantial completion on 829-MW Panda Patriot, Panda Liberty projects

Gemma Power Systems LLC (GPS) said June 20 that it has achieved substantial sompletion for the Panda Liberty and Panda Patriot combined cycle power projects in Pennsylvania.

The twin 829-MW projects located in Bradford County and Lycoming County are state-of-the-art natural gas-fired facilities. These facilities were the first projects to be designed and sited specifically to capitalize on the Marcellus Shale natural gas formation in Pennsylvania, Gemma noted.

Panda Liberty achieved substantial completion on April 30 and Panda Patriot achieved substantial completion on June 14. Substantial completion means the facility has been turned over to the owner for commercial operation.

Gemma Power Systems through a joint venture with the Lane Construction Corp., was the Engineering-Procurement-Construction (EPC) contractor for the projects.

“I want to recognize and thank all of the dedicated and creative men and women of Gemma Power Systems and Lane Construction who worked tirelessly on these complex projects and delivered a world class project to Panda Power Funds,” said William F. Griffin, Jr., GPS Chief Executive Officer.

The Liberty and Patriot facilities are the first United States installation of Siemens’ H-class turbines in single shaft configuration. The single shaft power train design makes the facilities among the most flexible and, most efficient natural gas fired generating plants in the United States, Gemma said. POWER Engineers provided engineering and detailed design services for the projects.

Gemma Power Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Argan Inc. (NYSE: AGX), is a leading Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) company providing innovative solutions for the power and renewable energy industry. Its wide-ranging and comprehensive experience comprises 14,000 MW under contract and installed capacity including combined cycle and simple cycle gas turbine generating plants, biomass, solar facilities, wind farms, biofuel plants and environmental facilities.

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