Company eying 700-MW natural gas plant in Ohio

An Ohio newspaper is reporting that Advanced Power North America is planning to develop a 700-MW combined-cycle natural gas power plant near Carrollton, Ohio.

The Canton Repository reported the announcement by Advanced Power North America in its July 9 online edition. The project is valued at roughly $800m and the company has yet to file its formal application with the Ohio Public Siting Board, according to the article.

When reached by GenerationHub, OPSB officials confirmed that they had received no formal paperwork from the company yet.

But an Internet search indicates that the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has received an application for an air permit in April under the name Carroll County Energy LLC. The application notice says there has been a “permit-to-install” application submitted for construction of the 700-MW Carroll County Energy Center. The project would use an air-cooled, two-by-one combined-cycle gas turbine and be located near Carrollton, Ohio.

The Ohio EPA application was evidently filed April 10. “On April 11th, we sent out a preliminary completeness letter, meaning our review of the application could begin,” an Ohio EPA spokesperson said in an email.

“With Ohio’s electricity needs continuing to grow and some 5,800 megawatts of conventional coal-fired power plants scheduled for retirement by the end of 2015 in Ohio, Carroll County Energy will help fill our generation needs with clean American natural gas,” said Jonathan Winslow, project manager for Carroll County Energy.

Winslow said by phone late July 9 that the Carroll County site includes both natural gas infrastructure and an American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP) system 345-kV transmission line nearby.

Advanced Power has been affiliated with the Brockton Power project in Massachusetts and the Cricket Valley project in the state of New York.

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