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Wood Group GTS awarded engineering, procurement and construction contract with NRG Energy

HOUSTON, Sept. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Wood Group GTS has secured a $24 million contract with NRG Energy subsidiary Petra Nova to design and construct a 75 MW gas turbine peaking facility at the W. A. Parish Generating Station, located approximately 25 miles southwest of Houston.

The project scope involves installation of the complete peaking plant on a turnkey basis, including a GE Frame 7EA gas turbine supplied by Petra Nova and all associated balance of plant equipment furnished by Wood Group GTS. Additionally, Wood Group GTS will perform a major inspection and all required maintenance on the gas turbine as part of the overall project.

Work on this fast-track project will commence immediately, allowing the unit to be completed by the summer of 2013, in time to provide additional peak generating capacity to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) market, which serves 23 million Texas customers. At a later date, the peaking unit is expected to be converted by NRG for use in the planned commercial scale W. A. Parish post-combustion carbon capture, utilization, and sequestration (CCUS) project which is part of the Energy Department's Clean Coal Power Initiative (CCPI).

"We are pleased to be working with NRG on this exciting project, which leverages the combined strengths of our engineering, procurement, construction (EPC) and  maintenance support services, and our management of fast-track projects," said Jim McGlothlin, president of Power Solutions at Wood Group GTS.

David Greeson, vice president, Commercial of Petra Nova stated: "Their gas turbine experience makes Wood Group GTS well suited to the demands of the W. A. Parish peaking project. We are looking forward to working with their team."

Wood Group GTS is a leading independent provider of rotating equipment services and solutions for clients in the power, oil & gas and clean energy markets. Worldwide, these services include: power plant engineering, procurement and construction, facility operations & maintenance; repair, overhaul optimisation and upgrade of gas, wind and steam turbines, pumps, compressors and other high-speed rotating equipment. www.woodgroupgts.com

Wood Group is an international energy services company with $6bn sales, employing more than 41,000 people worldwide and operating in 50 countries. The Group has three businesses - Engineering, Wood Group PSN and Wood Group GTS  - providing a range of engineering, production support, maintenance management and industrial gas turbine overhaul and repair services to the oil & gas, and power generation industries worldwide. www.woodgroup.com

NRG is at the forefront of changing how people think about and use energy. A Fortune 500 company, NRG is a pioneer in developing cleaner and smarter energy choices for its customers: whether as one of the largest solar power developers in the country, by building the first privately funded electric vehicle charging infrastructure or by giving customers the latest smart energy solutions to better manage their energy use. NRG's diverse power generating facilities can support over 20 million homes and its retail electricity providers—Reliant, Green Mountain Energy Company and Energy Plus—serve more than two million customers. www.nrgenergy.com


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