420-MW South Dunes project advances in the Oregon siting council process

The Energy Facility Siting Council (EFSC) staff on Oct. 12 issued a Proposed Order that recommends approval of a Site Certificate on the 420-MW South Dunes Power Plant of Jordan Cove Energy Project LP.

The Proposed Order recommends that the council approve the application and grant a Site Certificate, subject to the conditions in the order. The proposed South Dunes Power Plant would consist of two 210-MW blocks of combined-cycle combustion turbine generators, with duct firing capability. Each block would include three combustion turbine generators, three heat recovery steam generators and one steam turbine generator.

In addition, the proposed facility would include an electrical switchyard, transmission lines, gas pipeline/gas metering station, relocated substation, waste system connection and distribution, water treatment facilities, accessory buildings, and a barge berth. The plant is proposed to be located in Coos County on the North Spit of Coos Bay.

Following issuance of the Proposed Order, the council must conduct a contested case proceeding on the application. Only those individuals or organizations that raised an issue on the record of the public hearing are eligible to participate in the contested case, provided the Proposed Order does not differ substantively from the Draft Proposed Order. In this case, there are no substantive changes between the Draft Proposed Order and the Proposed Order. The deadline to request party status or limited party status is Nov. 11.

A pre-hearing conference will be held by telephone on Nov. 24. Following the pre-hearing conference, the hearing officer will determine the schedule for the contested case hearing. Following the contested case, the council will issue a final order.

The applicant is Jordan Cove Energy Project, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Veresen Inc. The project would primarily be located within a fenced area on the site of a former Weyerhaeuser linerboard facility, which was closed and then demolished.

Steam produced by the heat recovery steam generators would be delivered to gas conditioning systems for the Jordan Cove Energy Project (JCEP) liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal, which is proposed for development nearby.

Natural gas would be provided to the power plant from two sources: the Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline (approximately 4%), and boil-off gas and flash gas (approximately 96%) from the JCEP LNG terminal. The 36-inch Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline would enter the site near the southeast corner of the boundary. Natural gas would be available on a continuous basis from both sources. The total natural gas consumption is estimated at 87 million standard cubic feet per day.

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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.