Competitive Power Ventures (CPV) has selected Itochu’s subsidiary NAES for the operations and maintenance of its Fairview Energy Center, a 1,050 MW combined-cycle natural gas-fired power plant in Pennsylvania.
The Fairview Energy Center, which is being constructed with an investment of $700m in Jackson Township, Cambria County, is slated to enter into operations in December 2019. Announced in March 2017, the Fairview Energy Center is being co-developed by CPV, GE and Osaka Gas.
The new gas-fired power plant in Pennsylvania, which will be fueled by a mix of natural gas and ethane, will feature two GE 7HA.02 combustion turbines, two heat recovery steam generators and one steam turbine.
According to CPV, the Fairview Energy Center is expected to meet the power consumption needs of more than one million homes in Pennsylvania after it is placed into service.
NAES said that it will use raw water sourced from the Cambria Somerset Authority (CSA) through a new 12.8km pipeline for non-contact cooling of the gas-fired power plant. It further said that after the water has cycled through the power plant, it will be treated and sent back to CSA for reuse in industrial processes.
CPV external affairs senior vice president Tom Rumsey said: “NAES has consistently delivered a standard of operational excellence at other CPV facilities that aligns with our vision of modernizing America’s power generation.
“This agreement reflects our confidence in their ability to optimize Fairview’s performance and deliver significant value to the region.”
The Fairview Energy Center broke ground in October 2017 and is expected to take a total of 30 months for its construction. At the peak stage of construction, 300-500 jobs are expected to be created while about two dozen full-time roles will be used for handling the operations of the gas-fired power plant.
NAES power services senior vice president Dan Consie said: “We are excited to take on the operation of this new facility and to have another opportunity to work with CPV. We’ve established a strong partnership with them during the mobilization and have developed an operating plan that will amply meet their technical and commercial goals.”
Earlier this month, CPV announced that the 680MW CPV Valley Energy Center in Wawayanda, New York started commercial operations. The natural gas-fired power plant can generate enough electricity to power over 600,000 average homes.