CPV Valley offers 667-MW gas plant as Indian Point replacement

The CPV Valley LLC affiliate of Competitive Power Ventures is developing a new, 667-MW, gas-fired power plant in Orange County, N.Y.

The company on May 20 filed a project proposal with the New York State Public Service Commission in response to a New York Power Authority (NYPA) request for proposals for possible capacity to replace the Indian Point nuclear plant, which is facing various issues, including protracted license renewals at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

“As detailed in this proposal, the CPV Valley Energy Center (the ‘Project’) is in the unique position to be commercially operational by June 1, 2016,” CPV told the commission. “With most of the permits previously obtained, the Project is well positioned to meet NYPA’s targeted commercial operations date. The Project will interconnect into NYPA’s 345 kV system in the New York Independent System Operator (‘NYISO’) Zone G located in the Lower Hudson Valley.”

The company added: “The NYISO is in the process of establishing a new capacity zone in the Lower Hudson Valley to address reliability needs. Therefore, the Project is ideally located to support the system regardless of the future of Indian Point. As detailed in the Proposal, the Project’s ability to secure a firm natural gas supply along with duel fuel capability provides New York with a new generation with significantly enhanced reliability.”

The construction of the CPV Valley Energy Center will provide New York with over $760m of increased economic activity and over 2,900 jobs (direct, indirect and induced), the company said.

The project is a two-on-one combined cycle facility designed around the efficient Siemens FD4 gas turbine technology, the company said. CPV selected Skanska, in a joint venture with Burns & McDonnell and ECCO III, as the EPC contractor for the project. Key considerations that factored into this selection included the track record of constructing similar gas-fired combined cycle projects comparable to CPV Valley in New York, and the ability to manage local labor.

The project would be located on an approximately 122-acre parcel in the Town of Wawayanda, Orange County. The site is bounded by Interstate‐84 (I‐84) to the south, Route 17M on the east, and Route 6 to the north and west.

To provide additional system reliability benefits, the facility will be capable of operating on ultra‐low sulfur distillate (ULSD) oil if natural gas is not deliverable to the facility.

CPV says all of this power can be delivered through the New York ISO region

“As a state‐of‐the‐art combined‐cycle facility, the Project will be more efficient than almost all of the existing fossil fuel‐fired generation in New York’s fleet,” the CPV proposal said. “Its highly efficient combined‐cycle technology, combined with its state‐of‐the‐art emissions control technology will make it one of the cleanest electric generating facilities in the state of New York. The Project will be 100% deliverable throughout New York based on the New York Independent System Operator (‘NYISO’) Class Year 2011 Facility Study. Displacement of less efficient and more carbon‐intensive generation by the Project will create a net decrease in CO2 emissions of approximately 775,000 tons per year across the region. The Project also will lower NOx emissions, SO2 emissions, and mercury emissions across the State by approximately 816 tons, 325 tons and 4 lbs per year, respectively, during the Project’s first 15 years of operation. Additional environmental benefits will materialize after the proposed contract term that have not been quantified.”

The project is at an advanced stage of development having obtained nearly all of the state, local and federal permits and approvals needed for a June 1, 2016, commercial operations date (COD). The facility will consist of two F‐class gas turbines and one steam turbine. It will operate on natural gas throughout the year supplied via the Millennium Pipeline Co. and will also be capable of operating on ULSD as a backup fuel for enhanced reliability.

The project is electrically located within NYISO Zone G, and will interconnect to NYPA’s 345-kV electric transmission line (Line 42) between the Coopers Corners and Rock Tavern substations.

CPV noted that it is actively developing natural gas‐fired generation projects in select markets in North America, and leading the development and/or construction of approximately 7,041 MW of natural gas‐fired projects in various stages of development.

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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.