Moundsville Power wins one approval, nears another for W.Va. project

Moundsville Power LLC has been making progress lately on its gas-fired power project in northern West Virginia, with the state Department of Environmental Protection on Nov. 21 issuing an air permit and the company on Dec. 2 filing a settlement of issues with certain parties at the state Public Service Commission.

The air permit covers construction of a 549-MW natural gas flred combined cycle power plant located at Moundsville in Marshall County. The air permit assumes installation of the various project components, including two combustion turbines, in the 2016-2017 period. Emissions levels are based on the use of General Electric Frame 7FA04 turbines.

The permit says each combustion turbine/heat recovery steam generator (HRSG) unit shall burn only pipeline quality natural gas or a pipeline quality natural gas and ethane (25% max by volume) mix as fuel.

In a Dec. 2 filing at the PSC in its ongoing case there, Moundsville Power said: “Moundsville Power, LLC (‘Moundsville Power’), the Staff of the Public Service Commission of West Virginia (‘Staff’), the West Virginia State Building and Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO (‘Building Trades’), the Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia, Inc. (‘IOGA’, and together with Moundsville Power, Staff, and the Building Trades, the ‘Parties’) join in this Joint Stipulation and Agreement for Settlement (‘Joint Stipulation’) and propose and recommend to the Commission that it approve and adopt this settlement among the Parties of all issues raised in Case No. 14-1221-E-CS, on the terms and conditions set forth below. The Joint Stipulation resolves all of the issues in this proceeding, and recommends that the Commission grant Moundsville Power its requested electric generating facility siting certificate and any and all other necessary approvals required by the Commission for the construction and operation of a wholesale electric generating facility, including the related transmission support line, associated interconnection facilities, and other necessary appurtenances, subject to the conditions set forth in this Joint Stipulation.”

On July 3, Moundsville Power filed with the commission this application to authorize the construction and operation of a natural-gas fired wholesale electric generating facility of approximately 549 MW in Marshall County, including an approximately 500-foot 138-kV (less than 200,000 volts) related transmission support line.

About Barry Cassell 20414 Articles
Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.