Bay State Gas Co. has sold its 17.5-percent equity interest in the Masspower cogeneration plant to Energy Investors Fund Group. The sale price wasn't released; Bay State said it was more than book value. The 240-megawatt, gas-fired combined-cycle plant provides steam for Monsanto Co.
Bridgeport, Conn., is the planned site of a $260-million, 520-MW power plant. Duke Energy Power Services, United Illuminating Co. and Siemens Power Ventures signed a letter of intent to build the gas-fired, combined-cycle merchant plant. As majority owner, Duke will provide fuels and market the plant's power.
Duke Power Co. has purchased from affiliates of Louis Dreyfus Corp. the remaining 50-percent interest in the two companies' power marketing joint venture. Duke Power acquired the balance of Duke/Louis Dreyfus for $247 million Aug. 15. The purchase will be amortized on Duke's books over 10 years. The venture will fold into Duke Energy Trading and Marketing.
NorAm Utility Services, in its first utility service agreement in New York, was contracted by National Fuel Gas to replace 20,000 feet of main lines and 300 service lines.
Motorola's Land Mobile Products Sector won two utility contracts worth $8.1 million. IES Utilities Inc. will pay the company $2.8 million to install a wireless data network that includes 54 transmitter antenna sites and encompasses 70 percent of Iowa. Kansas City Power & Light Co. inked a $5.3-million deal for systems that will allow more than 2,000 mobile radios to be used for utility dispatch and workforce automation.
The Gas Research Institute has published an atlas of natural gas and oil fields of the Appalachian Basin. The Atlas of Major Appalachian Gas Plays is one in a series of six regional atlases developed with the DOE and other agencies. It can be ordered (Report #GRI-96/0460) by calling (304) 594-2331.
Lee County Electric Cooperative in Colorado hired the Convergent Group to integrate systems servicing power deliveries and customer service to the 137,000-member co-op.
CMS Gas Transmission and Storage Co. acquired a 100-percent interest in the 260-mile Western Australia natural gas pipeline from Chevron, Texaco, Mobil and Shell. Included in the acquisition were 30 billion cubic feet of proven natural gas reserves and a gas storage facility.
MDU Resources Group Inc. acquired two electric service companies: International Line Builders Inc., and High Line Equipment Inc. The two companies had 1996 revenues of about $27 million.
Bailey Beijing Controls Co. Ltd. was contracted to supply distributed control systems for two 300-MW coal-fired power plants near Guangan, China.
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