Energy Resources seeks permits on hydro projects in Arkansas, Missouri

Energy Resources USA Inc. filed two applications on Aug. 26 at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for preliminary permits, good for three years of feasibility work, on hydroelectric projects.

One application covers the proposed Joe Hardin Lock and Dam Hydroelectric Project. This application is made in order that the applicant may secure and maintain priority of licensing for the project while obtaining the data and performing the acts required to determine the feasibility of the project and to support an application for license. The location of the proposed project is ib Lincoln County, Arkansas, on the Arkansas River.

The location on the Arkansas River is at navigation mile 50, about 19 miles southeast of Pine Bluff. The project will utilize the existing dam that was authorized by Congress as part of the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System in the River and Harbor Act in 1946. The lock and dam was completed in 1968 and is owned and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the purposes of navigation.

The project would include a new reinforced concrete powerhouse constructed downstream of the existing overflow bank adjacent to the right riverbank. The powerhouse will contain the turbine-generators, switchgear, controls, and ancillary systems, as well as shop and storage space. Four vertical Kaplan turbine-generators rated at 4.75 MW each will be installed in the new powerhouse for a total capacity of 19 MW. A 23 MVA 4.16/115-kV three-phase step-up transformer will be located adjacent to the powerhouse in a new substation.

The other application from Energy Resources USA was for a preliminary permit for the proposed Clarksville Lock and Dam Hydroelectric Project. The project will use the existing Clarksville Lock and Dam structure, also known as Lock and Dam 24, located on the Mississippi River, approximately one mile northeast of Clarksville, in Pike County, Missouri. The project facilities are owned and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis District.

The project would include a new reinforced concrete powerhouse that will be constructed downstream of the existing overflow bank adjacent to the right riverbank. The powerhouse will contain the turbine-generators, switchgear, controls, and ancillary systems, as well as shop and storage space. Four vertical Kaplan turbine-generators rated at 3 MW each will be installed in the new powerhouse for a total capacity of 12 MW. A 15 MVA 4.16/115-kV three-phase step-up transformer will be located adjacent to the powerhouse in a new substation.

The project contact in both cases is: Ander Gonzalez, Energy Resources USA Inc., 2655 Le Jeune Road, Suite 804 Coral Gables, Florida 33134, +34 93 252 38 40, agonzalez@energyresources.es.

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