Pennsylvania agency issues permits for 900-MW Hickory Run gas project

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection said in a brief notice in the May 11 Pennsylvania Bulletin that it has issued a final air permit to Hickory Run Energy LLC for a 900-MW, gas-fired project in Lawrence County.

The permit was issued on April 23 and covers a natural gas-fired combined-cycle, 900-MW electric generation facility consisting of two combustion turbine generators, two heat recovery steam generators, and some ancillary equipment in North Beaver Township, Lawrence County. This is a prevention of significant deterioration (PSD) application and this is a Title V facility, the agency noted.

The DEP on April 26 also issued a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System water permit for this project.

Local officials have said that Hickory Run Energy is a project affiliate of New Jersey-based LS Power Power Development LLC. This is not a listed a project on the LS Power website. Lawrence County is north of Pittsburgh, right along the state line with Ohio. A number of coal-fired power plants in this area have been retired or are about to be.

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