Apex Power official says Pio Pico in California about to start commercial operation

The roughly 300-MW Pio Pico natural gas power plant in California is essentially finished with construction and could soon enter commercial operation, Apex Power Group Managing Partner Michael King told the PennWell GenForum event Aug. 23 in Columbus, Ohio.

The project located in San Diego County, has a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Sempra Energy (NYSE:SRE) utility San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), King said.

The natural gas power plant could enter commercial operation within days, if there are no delays, King said. Kiewit served as the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for the project, King noted.

Apex has developed projects in the California ISO, Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) and now PJM, King said.

Apex is also developing a 1,600-MW power plant in Guernsey County, Ohio. The Guernsey project is located alongside the Rockies Express gas pipeline and a 765-kV electric transmission line, King said.

Apex was attracted to the Ohio and Pennsylvania areas because of the “amazing” amount of shale natural gas production nearby, King said.

Apex is partnering with Caithness on the Guernsey power plant, King said.

King was speaking as part of a panel discussion on the promise and pitfalls of new natural gas generation. GenForum is a co-located event with POWER-GEN/Natural Gas.



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Wayne Barber, Chief Analyst for the GenerationHub, has been covering power generation, energy and natural resources issues at national publications for more than 20 years. Prior to joining PennWell he was editor of Generation Markets Week at SNL Financial for nine years. He has also worked as a business journalist at both McGraw-Hill and Financial Times Energy. Wayne also worked as a newspaper reporter for several years. During his career has visited nuclear reactors and coal mines as well as coal and natural gas power plants. Wayne can be reached at wayneb@pennwell.com.