South Field Energy begins construction on $1.3bn power project in US


South Field Energy has broken ground on a new $1.3bn combined-cycle natural gas electric generating facility in Columbiana County, Ohio, US.

Being developed by Advanced Power, the 1,182MW electric generating facility is the firm's second of its kind in northeastern Ohio and third major infrastructure project in the US.

Bechtel will carry out the engineering, procurement and construction of South Field Energy, which is scheduled to commence commercial operation in mid-2021.

Advanced Power development chief operating officer Jonathan Winslow said: "With facilities like this, we can close the growing gap Ohioans face in energy production.

"We will accomplish this using advanced technology to produce substantial, reliable, low-carbon electricity generation, while minimizing our environmental footprint."

The South Field Energy project is expected to create up to 1,000 jobs during construction phase and approximately 25 full-time employees in engineering, technical, operation, management and administrative positions, once operational.

South Field Energy said in a statement: "The project will be a catalyst for economic growth and infrastructure improvement throughout Columbiana County. The company's Enterprise Zone Agreement will provide money directly to local schools."

Recently, Advanced Power has sold its 15% membership interest in South Field Energy to ENEOS Power, an affiliate of Japan-based oil and energy company JXTG Nippon Oil and Energy.

Once operational, South Field Energy is expected to sell the capacity and energy into PJM, the largest regional transmission organisation within the US. It is expected to generate produce adequate electricity to power approximately one million homes.

South Field Energy would deploy two General Electric 7HA gas turbines, each with an associated GE heat recovery steam generator and steam turbine generator.

South Field Energy is an affiliate of Advanced Power, Bechtel, Development Bank of Japan, ENEOS, Kyushu Electric Power, NH-Amundi Asset Management, PIA Asset Management, Shikoku Electric Power and Showa Shell Sekiyu.

Image: Illustration of South Field Energy in the US. Photo: courtesy of JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy Corporation.

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