The 475MW combined-cycle, natural gas-fired electric generating plant, which is a sister plant to NTE’s 525MW Middletown Energy Center in Middletown, Ohio, has capacity to generate electricity required to power approximately 400,000 homes.

Commissioned in May 2018, the Middletown Energy Center is powered by MHPS M501GAC Gas Turbine equipment and technology in a combine cycle alignment.

The facility produces electricity required to power more than 400,000 homes, or more than one and a half times the entire city of Cincinnati.

NTE Carolinas engineering, construction and operations senior vice-president Chris Rega said: “We are excited to bring this state-of-the-art facility on line – one of the cleanest and most efficient energy sources in the Carolinas.

“We selected NAES to operate Middletown based on its strong record of safety and operational excellence, and we have confidence that they will optimize the performance of Kings Mountain as well.”

The Kings Mountain Energy Center features an advanced Mitsubishi 501GAC air-cooled combustion turbine, a Vogt HRSG and a Toshiba steam turbine.

NAES power services senior vice-president Dan Consie said: “We are proud to take on the operation of another next-generation NTE facility.

“At NAES, we believe operational excellence starts with hiring and training motivated people, as we’ve done at Kings Mountain and Middletown, and then empowering them to drive high performance and aim for continuous improvement on behalf of our client.”

Claimed to be one of the cleanest sources of energy in the Carolinas, the Kings Mountain Energy Center was expected to create 250-350 jobs during construction phase.

In July, NAES was selected by asset manager Competitive Power Ventures (CPV) to operate and maintain the 839MW Hunterstown natural gas-fired combined-cycle facility located in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, US.