License for 700-MW Ohio gas plant could be filed this summer

A manager with Advanced Power North America expects the developer will file an application by the end of summer seeking to build a new 700-MW combined-cycle natural gas power plant near Carrollton, Ohio.

Carroll County Energy LLC Project Manager Jonathan Winslow also told GenerationHub July 8 that he expects construction on the estimated $800m capital project to start in mid-2015. Winslow is also director of development for Advanced Power.

The Advanced Power subsidiary has already filed an air permit application with the Ohio EPA and could file its license application with the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) within a matter of weeks.

An OPSB spokesperson said the board’s review could take nine-to-12 months and includes opportunities for public participation.

Buoyed by the looming retirement of much of the existing coal power fleet in the East and Midwest, Advanced Power has been laying the groundwork for its government applications for about a year, Winslow said.

If approved the project would provide up to 500 construction jobs. When completed, the facility will employ 25-30 full-time employees.

The proposed facility is on 77 acres of land that is part of a 233-acre farm. The site is approximately one-half mile east of Ohio 9 and 2.5 miles north of Carrollton; it is adjacent Carroll County Community Improvement Corp. land that is designated for industrial and commercial development.

The project site located near both a major natural gas pipeline and a 345-kV transmission line on the American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP) system. Interconnection agreements are being sought, Winslow said.

“This facility can be aptly described as ‘efficient generation from a small footprint,’” Winslow said.

The facility will use modern General Electric (NYSE:GE) combined-cycle technology that captures waste heat and taps it for more electricity. The facility will produce 50% of the carbon dioxide and less than 10% of the sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide that a conventional coal-fired power plant produces to generate the same electricity, Advanced Power said.

The project will also be air-cooled to minimize water consumption, Winslow said. The project manager said the venture has been welcomed by local officials.

Several open houses will be announced in the coming months for people to learn about the project.

Carroll County Energy is a subsidiary of Advanced Power Services (NA), a leading energy development company based in Boston, Mass. Advanced Power’s management has a track record of developing more than 9,400 MW of power generation worldwide. 

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Wayne Barber, Chief Analyst for the GenerationHub, has been covering power generation, energy and natural resources issues at national publications for more than 20 years. Prior to joining PennWell he was editor of Generation Markets Week at SNL Financial for nine years. He has also worked as a business journalist at both McGraw-Hill and Financial Times Energy. Wayne also worked as a newspaper reporter for several years. During his career has visited nuclear reactors and coal mines as well as coal and natural gas power plants. Wayne can be reached at wayneb@pennwell.com.