FERC seeks input on permit app for 8-MW hydro project on the Mississippi River

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued an Oct. 6 notice about a Sept. 2 application from Energy Resources USA Inc. for a preliminary permit proposing to study the feasibility of the Lock and Dam No. 22 Hydroelectric Project, to be located at the existing Mississippi River Lock and Dam No. 22 on the Mississippi River.

The site is near the City of Hannibal in Ralls County, Missouri, and Pike County, Illinois. The Mississippi River Lock and Dam No. 22 is owned by the federal government and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The proposed project would consist of:

  • a new 770-foot-long by 300-foot-wide earthen intake area;
  • a new 220-foot by 90-foot reinforced concrete powerhouse containing four 2-MW Kaplan hydropower turbine-generators having a combined capacity of 8 MW;
  • one new 1,000-foot-long by 220-foot-wide tailrace;
  • a new 85-foot-long by 43-foot-high by 3-foot-thick intake retaining wall and a new 40-foot-long by 43-foot-high by 3-foot-thick tailrace retaining wall;
  • a new 60-foot-long by 50-foot-wide substation; and
  • a new 6.54-mile-long, 115-kV transmission line.

The project would have an estimated annual generation of 66.4 gigawatt-hours.

The applicant contact is: Ander Gonzalez, 2655 Le Jeune Road, Suite 804, Coral Gables, Florida 33134; telephone +34 932523840.

The deadline for filing comments, motions to intervene, competing applications (without notices of intent), or notices of intent to file competing applications is 60 days from the issuance of this Oct. 6 notice.

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