Abengoa’s nearly 23-MW Kansas biomass plant nearing startup

The Southwest Power Pool on Dec. 18 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission an agreement related to an in-construction biomass-fired project of Abengoa Bioenergy Biomass of Kansas LLC.

SPP filed an executed Affected Systems’ Facilities Construction Agreement (FCA) between it as transmission provider, Abengoa Bioenergy Biomass of Kansas as the interconnection customer, and Sunflower Electric Power as the transmission owner.

Abengoa and Pioneer Electric Cooperative have entered into an interconnection agreement to facilitate the interconnection of Abengoa’s 22.5-MW generating facility to Pioneer’s transmission system. Pioneer is not a member of SPP, but its transmission system is interconnected to other SPP transmission owning members transmission systems, which are under SPP’s functional control.

The 22.5-MW facility is located in Stevens County, Kansas, and has an expected commercial operation date of June 1, 2014.

The developer contact is: Danny Allison, Plant Manager, 
Abengoa Bioenergy Biomass of Kansas LLC, 1034 Road P,
 Hugoton, KS 67951, 
Phone: (636) 728-0508.

Pioneer on Nov. 21 asked the Kansas State Corporation Commission for an expedited approval of the Generation Interconnection Agreement (GIA) with Abengoa Bioenergy Biomass of Kansas.

Randall Magnison, the Executive Vice President-Assistant Chief Executive Officer of Pioneer Electric, noted in Nov. 21 testimony that in July 2011, Abengoa broke ground on a plant for the production of 25 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol and 22 MW of renewable energy from biomass (a mixture of agricultural waste, non-feed energy crops and wood waste). The plant will be located to the west of Hugoton in Stevens County.

Abengoa will produce power for itself and also sell its excess power to Sunflower Electric Power, or another third party. Abengoa will interconnect to Pioneer’s owned and operated 69-kV line, and its power will travel on Pioneer’s line for about 1.75 miles until it interconnects with Sunflower’s 115-kV line. Abengoa has notified Pioneer that it intends to become operational during the first quarter of 2014.

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