Dresser-Rand (NYSE: DRC)has received a project award from Apex Compressed Air Energy Storage (Apex) for the supply of equipment to be used in a new 317 MW compressed air energy storage (CAES) facility to be constructed near Tennessee Colony, Texas in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) market.
The Apex Bethel Energy Center would be the first CAES facility to be built in the United States since the Power South facility in McIntosh Alabama, which was built in 1991 and also contains Dresser-Rand turbo machinery. The Dresser-Rand related contract is valued at approximately $200 million.
According to Vincent R. Volpe Jr, President and CEO of Dresser-Rand, "This project award is of strategic as well as financial significance to our Company.
First, it validates the view that the value of large energy storage in the form of CAES is a viable economic investment. As explained over the past several years, we have been working with numerous clients to support their research of this bulk storage option. This order from Apex, affirms the value proposition of CAES.
Secondly, we are pleased that we have been chosen by Apex on this important project, which we believe will lead to further CAES projects in the coming years. We believe this order represents the first step in the development of a compelling market opportunity.
Dresser-Rand continues to expand outside of the Oil and Gas supply chain into the greater energy infrastructure market through participation and investment in the environmental solutions power space by supplying high speed rotating equipment and services solutions. We believe our evolution is an important differentiator from companies whose revenue streams depend principally on one or a few specific segments within energy infrastructure. Our participation in CAES further strengthens this approach, which is the result of a conscious strategic effort undertaken several years ago by the Company."
According to Jack Farley, President and CEO of Apex, "In our evaluation of potential suppliers, it became clear that Dresser-Rand was the supplier with the most proven technology and experience to meet our performance requirements and maximize our project returns. The flexibility of SMARTCAES™ technology makes Dresser-Rand a clear choice to provide the equipment and life cycle services. They have a unique cycle and equipment design that has proven itself over 22 years of successful CAES operations. The flexibility of this cycle provides industry-leading dispatch flexibility and low cost, in compliance with air emissions requirements over an expansive operating range. We believe this contract will be the start of a long-term, successful relationship with Dresser-Rand for this project and others to come, both in the US and elsewhere around the world."
"We are very pleased to introduce the SMARTCAES™ technology and to be working with Apex to bring this exciting technology to market," said Jim Heid, Dresser-Rand's Senior Vice President, CAES Development. "We believe we are on the cusp of the re-emergence of the use of this environmentally-friendly power generation technology. A CAES system provides two different services either sequentially or concurrently — high pressure air compression and electric power generation derived from expanding the compressed air. Industry sources estimate that there are more than 40 such projects being contemplated over the next 5 to 10 years. A number of these potential projects are linked to growth in renewable power generation sources such as wind and solar farms. "
Dresser-Rand will manufacture the compression and expansion trains for the Bethel Energy Center at its facilities in Olean and Wellsville, NY. The project scope also includes transportation of the equipment to the Texas site, testing, placement in operation, and training.