NTE Carolinas aiming for October 2018 commercial ops for 475-MW project

NTE Carolinas LLC told the North Carolina Utilities Commission in an Oct. 5 update filing that it is well along on work on its 475-MW Kings Mountain Energy Center, with a projected commercial operation date in October 2018.

In October 2014, the North Carolinas commission granted a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for the Kings Mountain Energy Center (KMEC) in Cleveland County, North Carolina.

In the update, NTE Carolinas reported that:

  • Gemma Power Systems LLC, its Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) contractor, mobilized to the site in March 2016 to start construction of the facility. At this point, engineering is 76% complete, procurement is 44% complete, and construction is 14% complete.
  • Vogt Power International Inc. continues the engineering and fabrication of the Heat Recovery Steam Generator (HRSG) for the facility. The HRSG components will start arriving on site in November 2016.
  • Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas Inc. (MHPSA) continues the engineering and fabrication of the M501GAC combustion turbine for the facility. The combustion turbine is on schedule for April 2017 delivery to the site.
  • Toshiba America Energy Systems Inc. continues the engineering and fabrication of the steam turbine for the facility. The steam turbine is on schedule for June 2017 delivery to the site.
  • Williams/TRANSCO is proceeding with the design / construction of tap lines and gas yard on NTE property for the facility’s gas supply.
  • In accordance with a Large Generator Interconnection Agreement (LGIA), Duke Energy Carolinas LLC (DEC) is proceeding with the transmission system upgrades to support facility testing and operations. Current status of DEC system upgrades: Duke Energy 44-kV transmission line relocation completed; new on-site 230-kV Interconnection Switching Station construction is underway (scheduled completion April 2017); Sampson 230-kV Line Fold-in, the construction Is underway (scheduled completion April 2017); Sampson Line Terminal Upgrade (Riverbend Switching Station), the construction is underway (scheduled completion April,2017); and Sampson Line Relay Upgrade (Ripp Switching Station), the construction is underway (scheduled completion April 2017).

NTE Carolinas said it has executed power sale agreements with the following wholesale customers in the region for the output of the facility:

  • City of Kings Mountain, NC;
  • City of Concord, NC;
  • City of Greenwood, SC;
  • Town of Winterville, NC;
  • New River Light & Power;
  • Town of Black Creek, NC;
  • Town of Lucama, NC;
  • Town of Sharpsburg, NC; and
  • Town of Stantonsburg, NC.

The projected commercial operation date for the facility is in October 2018. The estimate-at-completion (EAC) for the facility with an October 2018 completion is approximately $508,956,529.

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