JEA assumes a complete switch to Colombian coal at St. Johns plant

The St. Johns River Power Park (SJRPP) currently burns a blend of Illinois Basin (IB) and Colombian coal, but for the purposes of JEA‘s new Ten-Year Site Plan, it has been assumed that 100% Colombian coal will be burned by the SJRPP units beginning in 2016.

The annual site plan was filed on March 31 at the Florida Public Service Commission. JEA noted that the projections of the commodity price for Colombian coal are based on current contracted prices and consultant PIRA‘s long-term projections for Colombian coal. Current freight rates for 2015 and 2016 waterborne delivery of Colombian coal were escalated using the assumed inflation rate to project transportation costs beyond 2016. SJRPP has the ability to burn up to 30% petroleum coke, but there are currently no plans to re-introduce petroleum coke at SJRPP at this time.

The adjacent Northside units 1 and 2 currently burn a blend of petroleum coke and coal. These units are projected to burn on average 60% petroleum coke and 40% coal during the forecast period. The Northside coal and petcoke price projections are based on PIRA’s long-term Colombian coal forecast with a three year historical ratio of petroleum coke to coal applied to derive the petcoke price. As with the transportation projections for SJRPP, the same methodology was used to project transportation costs to Northside with additional price consideration given to the shallower draft available at its offloading facility.

Northside Unit 3 is capable of operating on residual fuel oil as an alternative to natural gas. In December 2015, Northside 3 is planned to go into reserve shutdown, with a planned retirement in June 2019.

The SJRPP is jointly owned by JEA (80%) and Florida Power and Light (20%). SJRPP consists of two nominal 638-MW bituminous coal-fired units located north of the Northside Generating Station in Jacksonville, Florida. Unit 1 began commercial operation in March 1987 and Unit 2 followed in May 1988.

Northside has two dual-fired (petroleum coke/coal) circulating fluidized bed steam turbine-generator units (Units 1 and 2, 293 MW each) and a dual-fired (oil/gas) steam turbine-generator unit (Unit 3, 524 MW).

JEA said it does not have any capacity build projects underway or planned for the term of this Ten-Year Site Plan. 

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