A transformer exploded and caught fire on Sunday at Talen Energy Corp.'s 538 MW natural gas-fired power plant in Southeast Pennsylvania. No injuries were reported. The explosion occurred outside of the the building. It took firefighters about an hour to contain the fire and the plant remains closed for an investigation into the cause, a company spokesman said. The Lower Mount Bethel power plant is located in Northampton County.

EthosEnergy has been awarded the operations and maintenance contract for the Caithness Moxie Freedom power plant in Luzerne County, PA. The 1 GW natural gas-fired power plant is being developed by Caithness Energy LLC and Moxie Energy LLC. The contract covers full care, custody, control operations and maintenance, including mobilization. Construction on the $800 million facility started in December and it's expected to be in-service by 2018 (see Daily GPIDec. 18, 2015). EthosEnergy, which provides engineering, procurement and construction services to the power, oil and gas and industrial sectors, said its contract would create more than 20 full-time jobs in the region.