LS Power clears hurdle for Pennsylvania gas plant

The planning commission for a Pennsylvania township has recommended that New Jersey-based LS Power be allowed to build a 900-MW, $750m natural gas power plant in the community.

The North Beaver Township Planning Commission approved the proposal during an Oct. 8 meeting, said Jim Gagliano Jr., who is both the county administrator for Lawrence County, Pa., and head of the North Beaver planning commission.

The North Beaver Township Board of Supervisors has scheduled a public hearing on the proposed power plant Nov. 5, Gagliano said. LS Power approached the township about a month ago about its desire to build a new power plant on a brownfield industrial site.

The local official also said that LS Power is seeking its state regulatory approval through the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

LS Power has indicated that it hopes to have the power plant operating by 2017, the local official said. He noted that the project would be built at the site of an old explosives factory within an hour of Pittsburgh.

Newspaper accounts indicated that if approved, the project could create about 500 temporary construction jobs and 25 full-time operating positions at the plant. The plant, called the Hickory Run Energy Station, is expected to use at least some regional shale gas.

On Oct. 10, the Pennsylvania DEP announced that it had approved an air quality plan to allow a unit of Virginia-based Moxie Energy to develop a 936-MW gas-fueled power plant in Bradford County, which will use some Marcellus Shale gas.

LS Power officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

LS Power has been involved in the development, construction or operations of over 25,000 MW of power generation throughout the United States.

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