Gas company works on pipeline for Oregon Clean Energy project in Ohio

An Oct. 7 application by North Coast Gas Transmission LLC for approval of a pipeline to serve a planned power plant will be automatically approved on Jan. 6, 2015, unless suspended by the Ohio Power Siting Board’s chairperson, the Executive Director, or an administrative law judge.

If suspended, the board must render a decision on the application within 90 days from the date of suspension, noted a Dec. 29 report from board staff. The report includes recommended conditions of the certificate. Prior to the automatica pproval date, the applicant must file a supplement to its application that adopts these conditions. Absent such supplement, staff will recommend that the case be suspended.

North Coast Gas Transmission is seeking a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need for the Oregon Lateral 24-inch Natural Gas Pipeline, which will serve the planned Oregon Clean Energy Center LLC power project in the Toledo area. The power project itself has already been approved by the board.

The applicant proposes to construct a 22-mile long, 24-inch diameter natural gas transmission line in Lucas and Wood counties, Ohio. The proposed pipeline would tie into two existing pipelines in the city of Maumee to provide natural gas to the Oregon Clean Energy Center, located in the city of Oregon. The entire pipeline would be underground; however, above-ground structures would also be required for operation. Pipeline construction would be expected to begin in March 2015, with an anticipated in-service date of July 2016.

Siemens said Nov. 21 that it has received an order from Black & Veatch for power generation equipment to be used at the Oregon Clean Energy Center, which is scheduled to come on line by the summer of 2017. This project is a 869-MW H-class combined-cycle power plant (CCPP). Siemens will engineer and deliver the thermodynamic cycle design and Power Island equipment as well as perform ongoing service at the plant under a long-term service and maintenance agreement. Black & Veatch is the contractor and will provide engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning services for the complete facility.

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