FERC cuts one turbine from Virginia hydro project license

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on June 8 approved an application by Jordan Hydroelectric LP to eliminate one of three turbines in the license for its Flannagan Hydroelectric Project.

The unconstructed project is located at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ John W. Flannagan Dam and Reservoir, which is on the Pound River near the Town of Clintwood in Dickenson County, Va.

On April 16, the commission granted an extension of time to start and complete construction of the project required by Article 301 of the license. The order extended the construction commencement and completion dates to Jan. 27, 2016, and Jan. 27, 2019, respectively.

The licensee then proposed to eliminate one of the three turbines and generators in the license for the project. The elimination of the one unit would decrease the project capacity from 3 MW to 1.8 MW and decreases the hydraulic capacity from 270 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 180 cfs.

The licensee is proposing to install two units of the same size and location as approved in the license. It is also proposing to install a valve in the prior location of the third unit that will open to maintain flow when a turbine shuts down. Jordan Hydroelectric is proposing these changes because it has found that placing three units in the small space available inside the intake tower is too difficult and the hydraulic losses are excessive for three units.

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