Pennsylvania issues air permit for gas-fired Moxie Patriot project

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has issued a new air permit to Moxie Patriot LLC for a 944-MW, gas-fired power project located in Lycoming County.

The DEP said in a notice in the Feb. 9 Pennsylvania Bulletin that the permit was issued on Jan. 31 for this combined-cycle project.

The project consists of two identical 1×1 powerblocks, and each block includes a combustion gas turbine and a steam turbine,” said the brief notice. “Each combined-cycle process will also include a heat recovery steam generator and supplemental duct burners. Additionally, one diesel-fired emergency generator, one diesel-fired fire water pump, two diesel fuel storage tanks, two lube oil storage tanks, one aqueous ammonia storage tank and ancillary electrical equipment were proposed to be constructed and operated. Each combined-cycle process will be rated at 472 MW or less under Plan Approval 41-00084A at the Moxie Patriot Generation Plant.”

Moxie Patriot parent Moxie Energy LLC said about this project on its website: “Moxie Energy, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Moxie Patriot LLC, is proposing to build a natural gas power plant in Clinton Township, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania to take advantage of the abundant natural gas resources in the area and the skilled workforce that has developed around the domestic natural gas production. The power plant will be fueled only by natural gas (no diesel oil back-up), and will not require river water or any other large source of water typically used for cooling needs. It will consist of two combustion turbine generators that will each produce between 225 and 350 megawatts of electricity. The combustion turbines will be connected to two heat recovery steam generators where the hot exhaust gases from the combustion turbines will produce steam that will be directed to two steam turbines. The steam turbines will produce an additional 250 MW to 300 MW of electricity.”

Construction of the Moxie Patriot project will take about 30 months and employ an average of 200 skilled and non-skilled workers and a peak workforce of about 500, the company said. Once completed in mid 2015, the plus $800m investment will provide a significant and steady tax base to the area, 25 to 30 high paying technical and operations jobs, and an ongoing source of community programs, the website added.

Through its wholly-owned subsidiary Moxie Liberty LLC, Moxie Energy is also proposing to build a natural gas power plant in Asylum Township, Bradford County, Pa. The DEP issued an air permit for that 936-MW project in September 2012.

Moxie Energy is led by several former executives at AES Corp. (NYSE: AES), including Aaron Samson, the President and founder of Moxie Energy.

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