Competitive Power Ventures (CPV) along with Osaka Gas has announced that CPV Fairview Energy Center has begun commercial operations.

Located in Jackson Township near Johnstown, Pennsylvania, CPV Fairview is a 1,050MW power facility built with an investment of $1bn. The company noted that the project completed ahead of schedule, and is now supplying natural gas and ethane-fuelled combined-cycle electric power to the PJM grid.

CPV CEO Gary Lambert said: “Thanks to the outstanding team effort with our partner Osaka Gas USA and Kiewit our construction contractor, with General Electric as major equipment supplier, the CPV Fairview Energy Center is now fully operational on budget and significantly ahead of schedule.

“CPV continues to make strides toward modernising the country’s electric generation supply and improving reliability while addressing sustainability concerns by lowering system-wide emissions, including carbon, by deploying the most efficient technology with the cleanest fuel available, natural gas.”

Located on an 86-acre former brownfield site, CPV Fairview is equipped with GE’s 7HA.02 gas turbines that enable full power delivery to the grid in an hour or less. It also features a steam turbine, generators and additional controls equipment.

The natural gas and ethane are sourced regionally and industrial raw water from the Cambria Somerset Authority (CSA). The electricity generated by the power plant will be sufficient to power more than one million homes and businesses in Pennsylvania.

GE Gas Power CEO Scott Strazik said: “We are proud that GE’s world-class HA gas turbine technology is the heart of this project, providing highly efficient, reliable, and flexible electricity at a level equivalent to the electricity needs of more than one million Pennsylvania homes.”