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Articles | 08.22.22

New Covert designed an upgrade of its turbines and emission control systems to improve operational efficiencyThe New Covert Generating Facility (New Covert) is a natural gas fired, combined-cycle plant, consisting of three individually dispatchable combined-cycle units and state of the art emission controls. The plant, located in Covert, Van Buren County, Michigan, has operated since 2003. CAMS has operated the facility since 2015 and the facility is owned by Segreto Power Holdings, LLC, a subsidiary of Eastern Generation Holdings, LLC. The New Covert plant can provide electricity to over one million homes.

In 2018, the facility designed an upgrade of all three Mitsubishi 501G combustion turbines to improve the facility performance to a gross nominal output of 1,230 megawatts (MW). The gross nominal output of the combustion turbines increased from 245 MW each pre-project to 260 MW each post -project, and the heat recovery steam generators increased from 125 MW each pre-project to 150 MW each post-project.

The upgrade involved replacing several rows of turbine blades and vanes on each turbine and resulted in the need for less cooling air and a corresponding increase in fuel consumption, exhaust flow rate and temperature, turbine efficiency, and electricity production. In parallel, the plant upgraded its emission control systems for both NOx and CO. Upgrades to the NOx control system involved the ammonia injection grid and the aqueous ammonia system to ensure an emission concentration of 2 ppmvd at 15% O2 could be achieved.

As part of these upgrades, over the last three years New Covert developed and implemented a new ammonia distribution system for NOx control. The improved system includes new pumps, control systems, distribution headers and nozzles, and a reformulated Selective Catalytic Reduction catalyst. As a result of these investments, New Covert reduced ammonia consumption by 7.5%.  The relative cost for ammonia was $240,000 less in 2021 than in 2018, while increasing electricity output and producing lower concentrations of NOx. Overall, the project was beneficial to the environment while improving operational efficiency.

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Press Release | 06.10.22

HOUSTON – (BUSINESS WIRE) – Consolidated Asset Management Services (CAMS), an industry leading asset management and operations and maintenance (O&M) services provider, announced today that it was awarded an O&M contract to support Hallador Energy Company (Hallador) and its Merom Generating Station (Merom), a 1,000 MW coal-fired power generating station in Indiana.

Located in Sullivan County, IN., Merom employs a workforce of approximately 220 and can power up to 200,000 homes at full capacity. As the O&M provider, CAMS is committed to providing safe, reliable, and efficient generation of electricity 24/7.

“We are excited to partner with Hallador Energy in providing reliable baseload power to the MISO region,” said Greg Bobrow, CAMS Chief Operating Officer. “We welcome the Merom employees to the CAMS family and look forward to their continued contributions and service.”

Earlier this year, Hallador Energy announced that its new wholly owned subsidiary, Hallador Power Company, LLC, would acquire Hoosier Energy’s Merom pant. Per the agreement, Hoosier will purchase 100% of the plant’s energy and capacity through May 2023, reducing purchases to 22% of energy output and 32% of its capacity beginning in June 2023 and through 2025. Throughout the Merom acquisition, CAMS has supported Hallador’s commercial team, providing due diligence and O&M transition services.

Heath Lovell, President of Hallador Power Company, LLC, highlighted CAMS O&M experience and said, “As we continue to see the importance of baseload and dispatchable power to mitigate the risks of both blackouts and high energy prices, Hallador Power is proud to partner with CAMS, who has the knowledge and expertise to assure that Merom is operating at its highest level.”

About CAMS

CAMS is a privately held company providing Operations and Maintenance (O&M), Asset Management, Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG), and Optimization services for energy and infrastructure assets. We add value through superior management and operation of our clients’ assets located throughout the U.S. and internationally. To this end, we empower our employees to pursue creative and sustainable business practices in the field and at our corporate office that contribute to operational excellence, financial performance, a safe workplace, and a better community and environment. For more information, visit www.camstex.com.

About Hallador

Hallador Energy Company has been leading exploration in energy sourcing since 1951. The name Hallador is Spanish for “one who leads the way;” this has been the company mantra for strategic positioning for long-term opportunities. Beginning with roots in oil and gas exploration, then evolving to concentrate on coal development and transportation delivery, to today where we add renewables to the mix. Our customers, large-scale utilities, seek to decarbonize by evaluating the make-up of their generation. Our renewable energy generation can help them provide the grid stability they need and the shift to renewables they want. Our commitment to our employees, customers, and shareholder remains strong with this ever-evolving flexibility. For more information, please visit www.halladorenergy.com

Press Release | 03.29.22

HOUSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Consolidated Asset Management Services (CAMS), a fully-integrated service provider for owners of energy and infrastructure assets, announced today that it has been awarded contracts by affiliates of ArcLight Capital Partners, LLC (ArcLight) to provide operations and maintenance (O&M) and asset management services for power generating assets representing over 10 gigawatts (GW) of capacity.

The facilities are well diversified across markets, technology and fuel type and will allow for the integration of intermittent renewable resources over the coming years.

“We are excited to manage and operate this fleet of energy assets that provide reliable power throughout the U.S.,” said CAMS Chief Operating Officer Greg Bobrow. “We have an extensive and successful track record of providing sustainable, value-added services for owners of energy infrastructure assets and are pleased to be involved with these portfolios that also have the ability to support the transition to renewable sources of generation.”

ArcLight is a leading private equity firm focused on energy and energy transition infrastructure. An ArcLight spokesperson noted that the acquisitions of the portfolios required a collaborative effort and were substantial milestones for ArcLight and CAMS.

“We want to highlight the support, leadership and coordination the CAMS team provided through each phase of the process,” the spokesperson said. “From due diligence to the early stages of our ownership, CAMS has been helpful, responsive and very strong on the transition and operational leadership. CAMS was a critical team member in successfully completing these acquisitions.”

CAMS has experience managing and operating hundreds of conventional and renewable power generation assets with over 51 GW of generating capacity. The company has been awarded 75 industry best practice awards since 2013 and has $20 billion of assets under management.