FERC accepts interconnect deal for coal-fed coke plant in Ohio

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Jan. 15 accepted a Nov. 26 filing by PJM Interconnection of an executed Interconnection Service Agreement with FDS Coke Plant LLC and American Transmission Systems Inc. related to a long-planned coke plant project in northwest Ohio.

The FDS Coke ISA facilitates the interconnection to the PJM system of a 135-MW co-generation facility located in Lucas County, Ohio, near Toledo. The FDS Coke ISA indicates that FDS Coke shall have Capacity Interconnection Rights in the amount of 135 MW. Under the ISA, on or before July 1, 2017, FDS Coke must demonstrate commercial operation of this facility.

FDS Coke had some time ago gotten other approvals, including from the Ohio Power Siting Board, for this project. The underlying facility would bake coal into coke for the steelmaking market, with the waste materials used to generate power for sale to the grid. 

The developer contact information in the ISA is: FDS Coke Plant LLC c/o LMG Inc., 239 S. Court St., Medina, OH 44256.

“FDS is engaged in the final financing and construction planning stages of an industrial project that consists of a state-of-the art non-recovery metallurgical coke oven plant and the associated FDS Co-Generation Facility in Toledo (Lucas County), Ohio,” said an Oct. 16, 2014, filing with the Ohio Power Siting Board on this project. “A primary by-product of the non-recovery coking process is excess heat, which is turned into steam during the waste gas cooling process required for air pollutant control. Steam from the non-recovery coke oven plant waste gas cooling process will be condensed and used by the FDS Co-Generation Facility to generate ‘zero emission’ electricity that results in no additional air pollutant emissions.”

The certificate for the project was first issued by the board in October 2008. The Ohio board in September 2013 had agreed to extend the construction start deadline for this project by one year, until Oct. 28, 2014. On Oct. 27 of this past year, the Ohio board again voted to extend the project’s certificate, this time through Oct. 27, 2016.

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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.