FERC plans enviro review of gas pipeline for Sunbury/Hummel repower project

The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will prepare an environmental assessment (EA) on the Sunbury Pipeline Project, which is about 34.5 miles of 20-inch diameter pipeline and related facilities planned by UGI Sunbury LLC to serve a repowered power plant in Pennsylvania.

A March 16 notice from FERC notice announced the opening of the scoping process the commission will use to gather input from the public and interested agencies on the project. The scoping period where FERC will take input on what should be covered in the EA will close on April 17.

Sunbury plans to construct, own, and operate a new natural gas pipeline extending from Lycoming County, Pa., to a gas-fired power plant, Hummel Station LLC, at the existing site of coal-fired Sunbury Generation LP facility near Shamokin Dam, in Snyder County, Pa. Hummel is planning to construct the power plant at the existing site of the coal-fired facility.

The pipeline project has a planned capacity to transport approximately 200,000 dekatherms of natural gas per day. The Sunbury Pipeline Project would consist of the following facilities:

  • one new 34.5-mile, 20-inch-diameter pipeline; and
  • associated aboveground facilities consisting of two new mainline vales, four meter stations, and two launcher and receivers.

Panda Power Funds announced Feb. 17 that it has entered into a joint venture with Sunbury Generation LP to develop, finance, construct and operate a 1,000-MW natural gas-fueled, combined-cycle project at this location. The Hummel Station facility will occupy an 18-acre parcel of the 192-acre Keystone Opportunity Expansion Zone at the site of the recently retired Sunbury coal-fired power plant. Hummel Station is expected to be one of the largest coal-to-gas conversion projects in the United States. The new plant is expected to supply large power markets, including Philadelphia and New York City, when it enters commercial operations in the second half of 2017.

The state-of-the-art Hummel Station generating facility will utilize the latest, most advanced emissions-control technology, making it one of the cleanest natural gas-fueled power plants in the nation. While the new power station will supply 260% more power than the coal plant it replaces, key air emissions will be reduced by approximately 97%. The Hummel Generating Station will also use 97% less water for cooling purposes than the retired coal-fired Sunbury plant.

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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.