NRG unit plans gas pipeline for Avon Lake coal-to-gas conversion

NRG Ohio Pipeline Co. LLC filed a Dec. 19 notice at the Ohio Power Siting Board of its plans for the Avon Lake Gas Addition Project.

The project is comprised of a proposed natural gas pipeline, 24-inches in diameter and approximately 20-miles in length, in addition to a proposed metering station and regulating station. The project is entirely located in Lorain County, Ohio. This gas pipeline will extend south approximately 20-miles from the existing Avon Lake Power Plant, which is located along the Lake Erie shoreline in the City of Avon Lake, to a proposed supply tap location southwest of the Village of Grafton.

“The Avon Lake Power Plant is a 734 MW coal-fired electricity generating facility,” the application noted. “The plant is owned by NRG Power Midwest LP, which is an indirect subsidiary of NRG Energy, Inc. (‘NRG’). The Power Plant was slated for retirement by the facility’s prior owner as a result of significant expenditures required to meet increasingly stringent environmental requirements. NRG Power Midwest has decided to move ahead with a gas addition project, which will keep the facility in operation on natural gas beyond its planned deactivation date. The Avon Lake Gas Addition Project will provide natural gas as a fuel source to the Avon Lake Power Plant.”

The expected commercial operation date of the project is April 2016 and the ultimate commercial operation date of the Avon Lake Power Plant with natural gas as a fuel source is June 2016. The Avon Lake Plant has a PJM Interconnection capacity obligation for the 2016/17 delivery year which commences on June 1, 2016.

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