PSEG Fossil to shut and retire turbines at its Burlington plant

PSEG Fossil LLC plans to retire nine of the units at the Burlington Generating Station in New Jersey ahead of a deadline for new state air emissions requirements under the HEDD program.

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection mentioned that fact in an April 16 notice about the pending renewal of the plant’s Title V air permit. Comment is being take on the draft permit renewal until May 16. PSEG Fossil is a unit of Public Service Enterprise Group (NYSE: PEG).

The equipment that emits air contaminants from this facility include: four General Electric LM6000 simple-cycle combustion turbine modules each with a power output of 45 MW; and seventeen Pratt and Whitney simple-cycle FT4 combustion turbines. The four LM6000 simple-cycle combustion modules have water injection for NOx emissions control. Sixteen of the FT4 turbines have water injection for NOx emission controls on high electric demand days (HEDDs).

All the combustion turbines at this facility are HEDD units as defined under New Jersey code. Beginning May 1, 2015, these turbines will be subject to new HEDD emission limits. “As currently operated, the seventeen FT4 turbines are not capable of complying with these emission limits,” the agency noted. “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. PSEG has indicated in the latest update to their 2015 Plan (submitted in January 2014, pursuant to N.J.A.C.7:27-19.30) that they intend to retire the nine (9) FT4 turbines by May 1, 2015. PSEG has also indicated that eight (8) of the FT4 turbines will no longer operate starting June 1, 2014.”

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