PSEG Fossil cutting fuel oil sulfur content at Linden power plant

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection will be taking public comment until April 18 on a draft air permit change that would allow PSEG Fossil LLC to cut the sulfur content in the oil burned at its Linden Generating Station in Linden, N.J.

This permit modification would allow various changes to the facility’s approved operating permit, including:

  • Change the fuel oil that is fired in the turbines from low sulfur distillate oil (LSD) with a maximum sulfur content of 0.2% by weight to ultra low sulfur distillate oil (ULSD) with a maximum sulfur content of 0.0015% by weight. On and after the date of approval of this permit modification, the facility will purchase only ULSD oil. However, the facility will be allowed to consume the existing supply of low sulfur distillate oil.
  • Removal of subsequent stack testing requirements, as per the Department’s Presumptive Norms, for the four existing GE Frame 7FA, Combined Cycle combustion turbines (Equipment ID, E24, E25, E26, and E27), at Emission Unit U43 when burning natural gas.
  • Revision of the frequency of stack testing requirements for four existing GE Frame 7FA, Combined Cycle combustion turbines (E24, E25, E26, and E27), at Emission Unit U43 when burning fuel oil.
  • Removal of the subsequent stack testing requirements for four GE Frame 7EA, Simple Cycle combustion turbines at Emission Unit U4 (E6, E7, E8, and E9) when burning natural gas.

The PSEG website describes Linden as a 1,570 MW facility that is fired with natural gas and kerosene, with combined-cycle facilities that went commercial in 2006 and peaking capacity that went commercial in 1995 and 2000.

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