US-based Wood Group GTS has secured a $12m contract from Apex Bethel Energy Center to provide operations and maintenance services for its Bethel Energy Center in East Texas.

As per the three-year contract, Wood Group GTS will be responsible for care, custody and control of the facility that is set to begin commercial operation in 2017.

Construction on the Bethel Energy Center, which will have compressed air energy storage (CAES) technology, is expected to commence in the near future.

Wood Group GTS – Power Plant Services president Frank Avery said that as the O&M partner for Apex Bethel Energy Center, the company is able to minimize technical and commercial risks, while incorporating a transparent and flexible contracting structure.

"Our customer-focused programs, practices and procedures apply to facilities with all OEM turbine technologies and platforms, and have been honed from a solid foundation of operating experience and continuous improvement.

"With a risk-based approach to plant performance and availability, regulatory compliance requirements, and financial performance, we can stay aligned with our customer’s goals and objectives," Avery added.