PJM gets request to deactivate BL England coal unit in New Jersey

PJM Interconnection got a March 27 request for the deactivation as of May 1, 2014, of the 129-MW Unit 1 of the BL England power plant in New Jersey.

That follows a Jan. 7 request for the deactivation as of Oct. 1, 2015, of the BL England Diesels, Units IC1-IC4, with a total of 8 MW of capacity. PJM found no grid reliability issues with the shutdown of the diesels and is now looking at the impacts of the Unit 1 shutdown, said a PJM list of pending deactivation requests updated to March 29. The list doesn’t show any pending deactivation requests for other BL England units.

The BL England Unit 1 deactivation request was the first such request filed with PJM since Jan. 22, with the pending deactivation list for PJM now standing at 12,483 MW of capacity, most of it coal fired.

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection was taking public comment until March 6 on draft air permitting that would allow R C Cape May Holdings LLC to get rid of coal- and oil-fired capacity at the BL England plant in Cape May County and build new gas-fired capacity in its place. R C Cape May (RCCM) is seeking permits to replace 440 MW of coal- and oil-fired units with gas-fired facilities. “Replacement units would include a (nominal) 430-MW natural gas fired combined-cycle unit, increasing the plant capacity to 580 MW,” said a DEP fact sheet.

The proposed project will consist of one combined-cycle combustion turbine (CCCT) consisting of one Siemens STG6-8000H combined-cycle combustion turbine generator (CTG), one heat recovery steam generator (HRSG) equipped with duct burner, one existing steam turbine electric generator (STG) and one auxiliary boiler. “The facility will retire existing coal fired Unit 1 and Unit 2 by September 30, 2013 and May 1, 2015, respectively,” the DEP noted. “Additionally, the facility will voluntarily convert existing Unit 3 from No. 6 oil firing to natural gas.”

The BL England facility is owned by RCCM and is operated by North American Energy Services, the DEP said.

U.S. Energy Information Administration data shows the plant taking coal last year from CONSOL Energy‘s (NYSE: CNX) Bailey mine complex in southwest Pennsylvania.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.