Hess NEC nears air permits for new gas-fired plant in N.J.

Hess Newark Energy Center LLC is nearing air permits from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection for a 655-MW, gas-fired power project called the Newark Energy Center (NEC).

The DEP is taking public comment until Aug. 10 on draft versions of the permits. HES NEC submitted an application in October 2011 for a federal Prevention of Significant Deterioration of Air Quality (PSD) permit, a Title V Operating Permit and an Acid Rain permit to construct and operate a new, 655-MW facility. The Newark plant would be a combined-cycle power generating facility consisting of two General Electric 207FA.05 combined cycle combustion turbine generators (CTGs), two heat recovery steam generators (HRSG) each equipped with duct burners, one steam turbine electric generator (STG), one 12-cell wet mechanical draft cooling tower, and ancillary equipment.

The CTGs and duct burners would only use natural gas as fuel. Each combustion turbine would have a maximum rated heat input of 2,320 million British thermal units per hour (MMBtu/hr) at an ambient temperature of -80F, based on higher heating value of fuel (HHV) without duct-firing. The maximum heat input rate of the duct burner would be 211 MMBtu/hr (HHV). The combined maximum hourly electricity generated by the two combustion turbines would be 423 MW.

Ancillary equipment would include a 66.2 MMBtu/hr (HHV) auxiliary boiler equipped with low NOx burners that would operate on natural gas for 800 hrs per year or less, a 1,500 kilowatt (KW) (14.36 MMBtu/hr HHV) emergency diesel generator, and a 270 HP (2.06 MMBtu/hr HHV) diesel fire pump.

The NEC is intended to operate as a baseload facility for up to 8,500 hours per year. The facility would be owned and operated by Hess Newark Energy Center LLC.

Said the project website: “The proposed Newark Energy Center (NEC) is an environmentally advanced, 655-megawatt gas-fired electricity generating facility at an industrial site in Newark, New Jersey. Over the next several months, the NEC will undergo a rigorous and open regulatory process that will be completed before construction begins. In May 2012, the Newark Energy Center cleared PJM Interconnection’s base residual auction and will provide capacity to meet demand in the June 1, 2015 to May 31, 2016 delivery year.”

The project development company is controlled by Hess Corp. (NYSE: HES), a Fortune 100 company with regional headquarters in Woodbridge, N.J., that is engaged in the exploration, production, purchase, transportation and sale of crude oil and natural gas, as well as the production and sale of refined petroleum products, natural gas, and electricity.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.