Combined Cycle

NTE, MHPS Celebrate Start of 475 MW GTCC Plant in North Carolina

Owners, contractors and future customers joined together to celebrate the flexible power of a new 475-MW gas-fired electric generation plant in North Carolina.

NTE Energy marked the formal start of operations at its $500 million Kings Mountain Energy Center in Cleveland County, North Carolina. The gas turbine combined-cycle will provide electricity for about 400,000 customers, according to reports.

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems supplied the G-series gas turbine for the Kings Mountain facility. MHPS manufactured the gas turbine at the Savannah Machinery Works in Georgia.

“We’re excited to partner with MHPS Americas as the gas turbine supplier for the Kings Mountain Energy Center,” NTE Energy CEO Seth Shortlidge said in a statement. “This advanced-class gas turbine provides much needed efficient and reliable power generation to the region.”

The Kings Mountain Energy Center operators will use MHPS’ TOMONI artificial intelligence system.  “The use of AI allows for more flexible operation that complements renewable power,” Paul Browning, president and CEO of MHPS Americas, said, “and provides advanced analytics and machine learning that greatly reduce unplanned maintenance.”

NTE Energy executed the power purchase agreements and interconnection agreements for Kings Mountain Energy Center in 2014 and 2015, respectively. Construction began in the third quarter of 2015.