765-MW Panda Patriot project due for test power output in December

Panda Patriot LLC on Sept. 29 asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to authorize it to make wholesale sales of electric energy, capacity, and ancillary services at market-based rates out of a nearly-completed power plant in Pennsylvania.

Panda Patriot is developing, and will own and operate, a 765 MW (summer rating) natural gas-fired facility located in Montgomery, Pennsylvania (the “Panda Patriot Facility”), within the PJM Interconnection balancing authority area. The company said its Panda Patriot Facility is expected to achieve commercial operation by March 2016. Panda Patriot is expected to begin making sales of test power from the facility in December 2015.

The Panda Patriot Facility will interconnect to the PPL Electric Utilities transmission system, which is under the operational control of PJM. Panda Patriot is an Exempt Wholesale Generator.

Panda Patriot is controlled by a complex series of financial entities, with Panda Power Funds at the top of the ownership structure. 

Affiliates of Panda Patriot are developing two other facilities in PJM:

  • Panda Liberty LLC is developing the 765-MW natural gas-fired Panda Liberty Power Project located in Asylum Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania, which is expected to commence commercial operations in December 2015; and
  • Panda Stonewall LLC is developing the 750-MW natural gas-fired Panda Stonewall Power Project located near Leesburg, Virginia, which is expected to commence commercial operations in 2017.

Another affiliate is developing the Hummel Station, a natural gas-fired combined cycle plant (nominal capacity of 1,024 MW) at the site of the former Sunbury Generating Station coal facility in Shamokin Dam, Pennsylvania, within the PJM BAA. It is targeted for commercial operation in the spring of 2018.

Also, affiliates of Panda Patriot own and operate the 758-MW natural gas-fired Panda Sherman Project, the 758-MW natural gas-fired Panda Temple Project, and the 758-MW natural gas-fired Panda Temple II Project, each of which is interconnected to the transmission system administered by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas.

A company contact is: Blake M. Jones, Panda Power Funds, Associate General Counsel & Senior Compliance Officer, 5001 Spring Valley Road, Suite 1150, West Dallas, TX 75244, Tel: (972) 361-2000, bjones@pandafunds.com.

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