Nevada, United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Ormat Technologies, Inc. and Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. announced that the two companies have entered into an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) agreement to build a 5.3-megawatt (MW) recovered energy generation facility to be located on the Northern Border Pipeline Company’s compressor station in Morton County, North Dakota. The facility, which is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2009, will produce electricity without burning additional fuel.
The project, subject to regulatory approvals, will increase the utilization of the energy content by approximately 25 percent and will produce enough renewable energy to supply about 5,000 residential electric customers in Montana-Dakota’s service territory. In the normal operation of a compressor station, waste heat is released by the exhaust of the gas turbine driving the compressor used to compress the gas. This thermal energy can be captured and converted to electricity by the installation of an Ormat Energy Converter similar to those used in geothermal electricity generation.
“Ormat REG systems respond to two essential objectives in environmental conservation: energy efficiency and emission reduction,” said Dita Bronicki, CEO of Ormat. “As the 10th Ormat REG facility installation planned on Northern Border’s facilities, this project with Montana-Dakota Utilities is a testimony to the energy production capabilities of Ormat’s Organic Rankine Cycle technology and highlights our continued progress in this area.”