NTE Carolinas II LLC notified the North Carolina Utilities Commission in a Sept. 21 filing that it has entered into an option agreement to add approximately 80 acres to the property on which it proposes to construct and operate a 500-MW combined cycle combustion turbine facility.
The company had applied for approval of this project on July 29. The purpose and utilization of this extra property will be solely as additional buffering and as a potential alternative for the access driveway to the facility. NTE said it is not relocating, altering or otherwise modifying in any way the proposed facility or its location. It noted that Rockingham County has indicated that this additional property and potential driveway relocation will not require an amendment to, or additional, Special Use Permit issued by the county as the local zoning approval of the facility. The schedule for the docket remains unchanged, the company added.
NTE Carolinas II is seeking a certificate of public convenience and necessity (CPCN) to construct a natural-gas fueled merchant generating facility in Rockingham County. Construction is anticipated to begin in the first quarter of 2018.
The location of the proposed facility is at 4781 NC Highway 65, with the property bounded by NC Highway 65 to the east and New Lebanon Church Road to the west, in Reidsville, Rockingham County.
The Reidsville Energy Center will interconnect with the transmission grid operated by Duke Energy Carolinas LLC via the Ernest Switching Station immediately adjacent to the facility site. NTE has been in discussions with Piedmont Natural Gas Co. Inc. to provide services as the natural gas distribution company for the facility.
NTE Carolinas II is a wholly-owned first tier subsidiary of NTE Carolinas II Holdings LLC, which is an affiliate of NTE Energy LLC. NTE Energy, through its subsidiaries and affiliates, plans to develop, construct, own, acquire and operate electric generating facilities in the competitive wholesale supply markets of North America. NTE Energy companies recently closed financing and began construction on two projects. One of these is the 475-MW Kings Mountain Energy Center in Kings Mountain, North Carolina, for which the commission issued a certificate to NTE Carolinas LLC in October 2014.