The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is seeking public comment until Jan. 10 on a renewed air permit for Forked River Power LLC that includes a major operational change.
The power plant, located in Ocean County, consists of two combustion turbines (of 46 MW each) combusting natural gas and # 2 fuel oil. The facility is owned by Maxim Power (USA) Inc. and operated by PurEnergy Operating Services LLC.
The major permit change updates the NOx requirements in the permit. These combustion turbines are “High Electric Demand Day (HEDD) units” under New Jersey code.
“Beginning May 1, 2015, these turbines will be subject to the HEDD emission limits in [New Jersey code],” said a DEP permit document. “As currently operated, these turbines are not capable of complying with these emission limits. If additional emission controls, capable of enabling these turbines to comply with the applicable HEDD emission limits, are not installed and operated by May 1, 2015, these turbines must cease operation on this date. Forked River Power has indicated in the latest update to their 2015 Plan [submitted in January 2013] that they intend to install Dry Low NOx (DLN) control on CT #1 and adjustment of existing NOx control (DLN/water injection) will achieve compliance for CT #2.”