LS Power affiliate seeks permit on 900-MW Pa. gas plant

Hickory Run Energy LLC has applied with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for air permitting on a natural gas-fired combined-cycle 900-MW power plant, said the DEP in a Nov. 3 notice in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

The brief notice said this facility would consist of two combustion turbine generators, two heat recovery steam generators, and some ancillary equipment in North Beaver Township, Lawrence County. This is a Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) application and this is a Title V facility, the notice said.

The planning commission for North Beaver Township has recommended that New Jersey-based LS Power be allowed to build this 900-MW, $750m natural gas power plant. The 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 recently 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 DEP. 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.

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