Sunbury Generation gets permit for 1,064-MW gas plant

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection said in a brief April 13 Pennsylvania Bulletin notice that it has issued a final air permit to Sunbury Generation LP for a coal-to-gas conversion project at the Sunbury power plant.

The new air permit covers a natural gas-fired combined-cycle power plant to produce approximately 1,064 MW (gross) or less of electricity located in Shamokin Dam Borough, Snyder County.

“The project consists of three identical F class combustion gas turbines set up in a 2X3 and 1X1 configuration,” said the DEP notice. “Each combined-cycle turbine will also include a heat recovery steam generator and supplemental duct burners. The project also consists of the construction of a 106 MMBTU/hr natural gas fired auxiliary boiler and 15 MMBTU/hr natural gas fired heater. As part of the project, the facility’s coal fired utility boilers are being permanently retired.”

A separate fact sheet from the DEP said that Sunbury Generation LP owns and operates the power generation facility located on a 216-acre site on the west bank of the Susquehanna River in Shamokin Dam and Hummel’s Wharf, Pa. The existing facility has a net generating capacity of 438 MW and consumes up to 1.3 million tons of Pennsylvania coal and 1.5 million gallons of fuel oil each year. Coal is received by both rail and truck. Coals are blended to specifications to provide proper combustion in the boilers. Ash generated is used as a concrete additive, for roadway anti-skid, or for reclamation of abandoned strip mines. Electricity generated at the station is sold into the bulk electric market to the PJM Interconnection transmission system. All station generation ties into the PPL switchyard located within the Sunbury site.

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