Gemma Power to proceed with 1.8GW gas-fired power plant in Ohio


Gemma Power Systems, a subsidiary of Argan, has secured a Notice to Proceed with the engineering, procurement and construction activities under a contract for the 1.8GW natural gas-fired power plant, the Guernsey Power Station, in Guernsey County, Ohio.

Argan stated that the construction of the combined cycle facility will begin immediately and the project is expected to be completed in 2022.

The construction phase, which is expected to take up to 30 months, could create nearly 500 jobs. Once fully completed and online, the Guernsey Power Station will create about 25 permanent, highly skilled jobs.

The Guernsey Power Station is being jointly developed by Caithness Energy and Apex Power Group. Powered by General Electric’s (GE) 7HA.02 gas-fired turbine will include three single-shaft power trains.

Caithness Energy president Ross Ain said: “Caithness is excited to begin construction and to be partnering again with Gemma on this important project. Gemma has been a good member of the local communities in which it does business.

“Gemma also has maintained an excellent safety record in completing its power plant projects. We believe Gemma will serve the project and the community well in this large undertaking.

“This project will bring cleaner, reliable energy to the area, boost the local economy through its construction spending and related economic activity, utilize locally produced natural gas, and generate tax revenue that should benefit local schools and other community priorities.”

The power station will use the latest combined cycle technology and a dry (air) cooling system and is claimed to be both cost- and fuel-efficient, while protecting air quality and conserving water. The power plant is expected to generate enough energy to power nearly 1.5 million homes.

Gemma CEO William Griffin, Jr., said: “Caithness and APEX are to be congratulated for bringing this project to fruition. Caithness is a valued customer and we are pleased with the opportunity to continue our relationship by delivering another great project experience.”

Argan chairman and CEO Rainer Bosselmann said: “We are delighted to announce receiving a notice to proceed on this major project. It has taken time to convert our business development efforts into project starts and we appreciate the patience our shareholders have shown us.”


Image: Gemma Power to begin power plant construction in Ohio. Photo: Courtesy of Rebecca Humann/Pixabay.

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