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NTE Energy secures wetlands permit for 500-MW NC gas plant

NTE Carolinas II LLC on July 27 secured the nationwide wetlands permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for its proposed 500-MW Reidsville Energy Center in Rockingham County, N.C.

The approval, along with the final certificate of public convenience and necessity from the North Carolina Utilities Commission received in January and the air quality permit received earlier in July, means the NTE Energy LLC affiliate has completed the state and local permitting process to finance and construct the plant, according to an Aug. 2 release.

NTE Carolinas II expects to begin construction on the combined-cycle, natural gas-fired project in the fourth quarter of 2017 and enter commercial operation in 2021.

Aside from the Reidsville Energy Center, NTE Energy is developing another combined-cycle power plant in North Carolina. The 475-MW Kings Mountain Energy Center is under construction in Cleveland County and is expected to go online by summer 2018.