Carroll County Energy pursues 700-MW gas project in Ohio

Carroll County Energy LLC on Aug. 7 filed a pre-application notice with the Ohio Power Siting Board that it plans to build a 700-MW, gas-fired combined-cycle power plant in Carroll County.

“The proposed 700 MW combined cycle generation facility will be powered by natural gas and will be located on approximately 77 acres of privately owned land which is adjacent to a 23 acre site available for construction lay down,” said the brief notice. “The site will be in Washington Township, Carroll County, Ohio with access off of State Route 9 and will be located near an [American Electric Power] 345 KV transmission line.”

The notice added: “The proposed project will utilize two General Electric 7 FA Series 5 gas combustion turbine generators each with a heat recovery steam generator (HRSG), and a single steam turbine generator.”

The company plans a public informational meeting on the project on Aug. 22 at the Carrollton High School in Carrollton, Ohio.

Like other power developers with a pre-application notice, the company is asking the board for certain minor waivers of site reporting requirements, which the board usually grants. After that, a full project application for a site permit would be filed. The board is an adjunct of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.

Carroll County Energy Project Manager Jonathan Winslow has told GenerationHub that he expects construction on the estimated $800m project to start in mid-2015. Winslow is also director of development for Advanced Power Services (NA)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 this project for about a year, Winslow said.

Advanced Power Services is 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.

The board lately has mostly been handling several wind project applications and pre-applications. The board on May 1 did authorize Oregon Clean Energy LLC to construct a new natural gas-fired combined-cycle facility in Oregon, near Toledo, Ohio. The 799-MW Oregon Clean Energy Center will utilize advanced gas turbine and combined-cycle technology to generate electricity. Oregon Clean Energy plans to begin construction in June and place the completed facility online in May 2016, the board noted at the time.

Also on May 1, the board authorized Rolling Hills Generating LLC to increase the capacity of its existing natural gas-fired facility in Wilkesville, Ohio, from 860 MW to 1,414 MW. To achieve this capacity increase, Rolling Hills will convert four of the facility’s five existing combustion turbines from simple-cycle to combined-cycle mode. Upon completion, Rolling Hills will use the upgraded turbines to serve intermediate or baseload power demands. It will continue to use the remaining simple-cycle turbine to provide peaking power to the wholesale power market. The applicant proposes to commence construction in 2014 and begin commercial operation in 2016.

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