La Paloma Energy Center nears water permit on Texas power project

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality on Jan. 23 put out for comment a tentative plan to approve a water permit for a gas-fired power project of La Paloma Energy Center LLC.

“La Paloma Energy Center, LLC, c/o Coronado Power Ventures, 3608 Preston Road, Suite 225, Plano, Texas 75093, which proposes to operate La Paloma Energy Center, a combined cycle electric generating facility, has applied to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) for a new permit, Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (TPDES) Permit No. WQ0005137000, to authorize the discharge of cooling tower blowdown and low volume waste sources at a daily average flow not to exceed 1,634,000 gallons per day via Outfall 001,” said the notice. “The draft permit authorizes the discharge of cooling tower blowdown and previously monitored effluent (low volume waste sources) at a daily average flow not to exceed 1,634,000 gallons per day via Outfall 001.”

The TCEQ received this application on July 17, 2014. The facility will be located at 24684 Farm-to-Market Road 1595 at Harlingen in Cameron County. The project contact listed by TCEQ is: La Paloma Energy Center LLC, Scott Stringfellow, Project Engineer, (713) 302-8269.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Nov. 13, 2014, had accepted a filing by American Electric Power Service Corp., on behalf of its affiliate AEP Texas Central Co., of a fully executed standard generation interconnection agreement with La Paloma Energy Center LLC. The agreement provides for the electrical interconnection of La Paloma’s planned 758-MW generation facility. The facility’s Fuerza Substation is located in Cameron County approximately 0.3 mile east of FM 509 in Harlingen, Texas. The facility will interconnect at AEP Texas Central’s Potencia 345 kV/138 kV Station. AEP Texas Central plans to complete and energize its transmission interconnection facilities by Nov. 1, 2016, to support La Paloma’s commercial operation schedule.

The project will have a nominal 758 MW of capacity and be comprised of two units of 225 MW each and one unit at 308 MW. It will have two General Electric 7FA.05 Combustion Turbine Generators and one Hitachi Steam Turbine.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 6 office in 2014 again issued a greenhouse gas permit for the La Paloma Energy Center project after the permit had been cleared by the U.S. Environmental Appeals Board following an appeal by the Sierra Club. The permit authorizes La Paloma Energy Center to construct and operate a 637-MW to 735-MW natural gas-fired plant in Harlingen. The project is being developed by Coronado Power Ventures LLC and Bechtel.

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