Ohio board wants action (or not) on long-dormant coal gasification project

The Ohio Power Siting Board told a project developer in an April 6 order that the company needs to either advance its long-dormant gasification power project, or the board will dismiss the case.

In December 2002 and July 2003, Nordic Energy of Ashtabula LLC filed motions to waive certain requirements applicable to its upcoming application for a certificate of environmental compatibility and public need. Nordic stated that it is planning to construct a baseload integrated gasification combined-cycle plant on a brownfield site in Ashtabula County, Ohio, with operation intended to begin by 2006. The proposed facility would have a nominal capacity of 830 MW, utilizing three gas turbine generators and one steam generator. Coal would be the feedstock. In 2003, Nordic’s motions for waivers were granted.

In May 2005, a letter was filed to notify the board that the name of the proposed facility should be reflected in the docket as Ashtabula Generation LLC. Since that date, Ashtabula Generation has not filed an application for a certificate of envirorunental compatibility and public need, or any other correspondence or pleadings before the board. So, the board on April 6 ordered that by June 5, Ashtabula Generation should file a status report in this docket, indicating whether it intends to pursue the proposed project, or this case will be dismissed by the board.

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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.