(photo courtesy of nteenergy.com)
NAES Corp. has taken the reins of operations and maintenance duties at a new gas-turbine combined-cycle generation plant in North Carolina.
The 475-MW Kings Mountain Energy Center was built by NTE Energy beginning in 2016. Kings Mountain went into operation this year and is a sister plant to NTE’s Middletown Energy Center in Ohio, which NAES has operated since May.
“We are excited to bring this state-of-the-art facility on line–one of the cleanest and most efficient energy sources in the Carolinas,” Chris Rega, senior vice president of Engineering, Construction and Operations at NTE Carolinas, said in a statement. “We selected NAES to operate Middletown based on its strong record of safety and operational excellence, and we have confidence that they will optimize the performance of Kings Mountain as well.”
Kings Mountain Energy Center has capacity to power about 440,000 homes and cost around $440 million, according to reports.
NAES Corp. is a wholly owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Corp. It runs operations at close to 160 plants—totaling 80 GW in capacity—throughout North America.
“We are proud to take on the operation of another next-generation NTE facility,” Dan Consie, NAES, senior vice president of power services, said. “At NAES, we believe operational excellence starts with hiring and training motivated people, as we’ve done at Kings Mountain and Middletown, and then empowering them to drive high performance and aim for continuous improvement on behalf of our client.”
NTE Energy has developed or is in the process of building five power generation facilities in North Carolina, Ohio Connecticut. Most of them are gas-fired, although the planned Fayetteville Solar Energy Center in North Carolina would be the first renewable project developed by the company.