NTE Carolinas power plant project moves forward

Considering there is no opposition to its 475 MW, gas-fired project, NTE Carolinas LLC on Oct. 3 asked the North Carolina Utilities Commission to cancel an Oct. 8 hearing on its application for a certificate of public convenience and necessity.

The Oct. 8 hearing has been scheduled for the purpose of receiving expert testimony from the parties in this docket, which was opened on June 9. The hearing would feature testimony from the commission’s own public staff, which has already said the project should be approved.

“NTE and the Public Staff are the only parties to this proceeding and unless the Commission requires NTE witness [Michael] Green or Public Staff witness [James] McLawhorn to testify in person there appears to be no necessity to conduct the hearing now scheduled for October 8, 2014,” said the Oct. 3 filing. “The Public Staff joins NTE in this Motion to cancel the hearing and both parties are preparing a Joint Proposed Order Granting Certificate which can be filed as soon as the Commission orders.”

The NTEC facility, called the Kings Mountain project, will be located on about 20 acres of an about 290-acre site in Cleveland County, within the extra-territorial jurisdiction of the city of Kings Mountain, south of Interstate 85 at Exit 5.

As proposed, the facility will consist of one Mitsubishi Hitachi M501GAC combustion turbine, one heat-recovery steam generator (HRSG), and one Mitsubishi Hitachi (or equivalent) steam turbine. The nominal generation for the facility will be about 475 MW. Natural gas will be the only fuel burned by the combined cycle unit, consuming about 80,000 MMBtu/day.

Construction is anticipated to begin in June 2015, following receipt of the certificate from the commission and all necessary permits and approvals. Commercial operation is scheduled to begin in March 2018.

NTE Carolina is a second-tier subsidiary of NTE Energy LLC, which is developing about 1,230 MW of generating capacity, with projects located in Texas, Ohio and North Carolina.

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