PIC Selected to Operate Upper Michigan Energy Resources Corporation (UMERC) Kuester and Mihm Sites

Atlanta, GA., January 28, 2018 – PIC Group, Inc. has been awarded a five-year contract to provide Operation & Maintenance Services for the F.D. Kuester and A.J. Mihm Generating Stations in Michigan.


UMERC awarded the O&M contract to PIC for this new gas-fired generation project which will improve generation reliability to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.


On announcing the execution of the five-year contract, Frank Avery, PIC Group, Inc. CEO and President, said, “We are proud to take on the operation and maintenance of these distributed energy sites for UMERC. We have emerged from a selection process and established our capabilities as both a flexible and responsive organization with an optimized operational plan that will meet UMERC’s technical and commercial goals for the benefit of their customers.”


The projects represent two of the largest economic developments in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and will help provide long-term stability for the region. The two sites which are located in Baraga and Marquette counties in Michigan constitute an investment of approximately $270M and consist of natural gas-fired reciprocating engine units (RICE) for a combined power output of 180MW. The facilities will incorporate Wärtsilä technology and will be in commercial operation in mid-2019.


PIC Group, Inc. is dedicated to delivering value by providing global energy services to facilities across six continents – North America, South America, Asia, Africa, Australia/Oceania and Europe. Industries served include power generation, oil & gas, petrochemical, pulp & paper and manufacturing. PIC provides O&M Services (Care, Custody and Control), Commissioning and Startup, Training, Documentation and Staffing. PIC has been providing services for thirty years and has 700 employees.


PIC Group, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marubeni Corporation, a Fortune Global 500 Company.  Marubeni is a major Japanese sogo shosha (international trading company) and is the third largest global independent power producer (IPP).


Marubeni Corporation and its consolidated subsidiaries use their broad business networks, both within Japan and overseas, to conduct importing and exporting (including third country trading), as well as domestic business, encompassing a diverse range of business activities across wide-ranging fields including food, consumer products, chemical & forest products, energy & metals, power & plants.