Calpine Completes Purchase of Fore River Energy Center in New England for $530 Million
Calpine Corporation (NYSE:CPN) today completed the acquisition of a natural gas-fired, combined-cycle power plant located in North Weymouth, Massachusetts, 12 miles southeast of Boston. Calpine purchased the plant, which has a nameplate generating capacity of 809 megawatts, from Exelon Corporation for $530 million plus adjustments, or approximately $655 per kilowatt. The transaction was funded with cash on hand, which Calpine expects to replenish through a financing later this year.
“We are pleased to strategically increase our presence in the competitive New England power market through the purchase of this modern and efficient power plant. With its dual-fuel capability, Fore River Energy Center furthers Calpine’s goals to support reliability and enhance shareholder value,” said Calpine’s President and Chief Executive Officer Thad Hill. “I am also pleased to welcome the capable and dedicated new employees at Fore River to the Calpine team.”
Built in 2003, the Fore River Energy Center features two combustion turbines, two heat recovery steam generators and one steam turbine. One turbine features dual-fuel capability that will enable it to run this winter on either natural gas or fuel oil, depending on market conditions, with the other turbine scheduled to be dual-fuel capable by next winter. All of Fore River’s energy, capacity and ancillary services are sold into the competitive wholesale power markets administered by ISO-New England.
Calpine Corporation is America’s largest generator of electricity from natural gas and geothermal resources. Our fleet of 88 power plants in operation or under construction represents nearly 27,000 megawatts of generation capacity. Serving customers in 18 states and Canada, we specialize in developing, constructing, owning and operating natural gas-fired and renewable geothermal power plants that use advanced technologies to generate power in a low-carbon and environmentally responsible manner. Our clean, efficient, modern and flexible fleet is uniquely positioned to benefit from the secular trends affecting our industry, including the abundant and affordable supply of clean natural gas, stricter environmental regulation, aging power generation infrastructure and the increasing need for dispatchable power plants to successfully integrate intermittent renewables into the grid. We focus on competitive wholesale power markets and advocate for market-driven solutions that result in nondiscriminatory forward price signals for investors. Please visit www.calpine.com to learn more about why Calpine is a generation ahead – today.
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