LS Power affiliate nears permit on Hickory Run Energy gas project

Hickory Run Energy LLC is nearing an air permit from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for a  900-MW, gas-fired power plant to built in North Beaver Township, Lawrence County.

The DEP will hold a public hearing on April 3, 2013, in North Beaver Township on this permitting, said the agency in a March 16 Pennsylvania Bulletin notice. “The hearing is to provide testimony with regards to Hickory Run Energy (HRE) plan approval application to construct a natural gas-fired combined-cycle electric generation facility that is designed to generate up to 900 MW nominal, using 2 combustion turbine generators with duct burners and 2 heat recovery steam generators that will provide steam to drive a single steam turbine generator,” said the notice. “The Department intends to issue a plan approval for this construction and will be submitting the proposed plan approval to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its review.”

The plan approval is for the construction of a gas-fired combined-cycle facility that is designed to generate up to 900 MW nominally, using two combustion turbine generators and two heat recovery steam generators that will provide steam to drive a single steam turbine generator. Other air emission sources at the facility include a natural gas-fired auxiliary boiler; a diesel engine-driven emergency generator; a diesel engine-driven firewater pump; a multi-cell evaporative cooling tower; and associated emission control system, tanks, and other balance of plant equipment.

Control technology for each combined cycle unit will include Dry Low NOx combustors and Selective Catalytic Reduction system for NOx, good combustion practices and oxidation catalyst for carbon monoxide and volatile organic compounds control, and pipeline quality natural gas for SOx and sulfuric acid mist control.

The DEP on March 16 issued a separate notice that it plans to approve an air permit for another LS Power project affiliate, Berks Hollow Energy Associates LLC, for a gas-fired, combined-cycle power plant to be located in Ontelaunee Township, Berks County, Pa. This plant would produce 685 MW in its basis configuration, with up to 855 MW produced when using duct firing as a supplemental power source.

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