South Field Energy plans public outreach on 1,100-MW project in Ohio

South Field Energy LLC plans an Oct. 20 local public meeting in Columbiana County, Ohio, as part of its public outreach for an 1,100-MW project.

South Field Energy on Oct. 5 filed a pre-application notice with the Ohio Power Siting Board about its plan to file for a siting certificate for this gas-fired, combined-cycle project. Under board procedures, developers routinely file for pre-application approval of certain waivers on board rules, then file the full application.

This power plant will be located in Yellow Creek Township of Columbiana County, Ohio, approximately three miles northwest of the Village of Wellsville, with access from Hibbetts Mill Road via State Route 45. The facility has a footprint of approximately 20 acres and will be located within 150 acres of privately owned land, which is adjacent to a roughly 20-acre site available for construction staging and laydown, the notice said.

“The purpose of the proposed project is to generate electricity for delivery and sale to the interstate transmission grid,” the company added. “The proposed project will utilize two of General Electric‘s highly flexible and efficient gas turbines, with each turbine having a heat recovery steam generator (HRSG) and a steam turbine generator. Each turbine will have dual fuel capabilities, meaning they are operable with both natural gas and, in times of shortages, ultra-low sulfur diesel.”

The public informational meeting will be held from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Oct. 20 at Wellsville High School in Wellsville.

The list of the currently anticipated waivers from the board’s rules that South Field Energy will be seeking is:

  • Rule 4906-13-03(A) and (B), request a waiver of an extensive site selection study; the applicant will provide discussion of its site selection process and the key attributes met by selecting the site; and
  • Rule 4906-13-04(D)(2), request a waiver from filing PJM Interconnection system impact studies along with the application.

The facility planned by South Field Energy was publicly announced on Oct. 8. The plant is Advanced Power’s second such project in northeastern Ohio. The South Field Energy project is similar to Advanced Power’s Carroll County Energy facility, a 700-MW natural gas combined cycle facility under construction near Carrollton.

The South Field Energy project is a $1.1bn capital investment that will generate an average peak of 550 construction jobs for up to three years. Bechtel, a global leader in engineering, procurement, will serve as general contractor for the project. Bechtel has previously partnered with Advanced Power and is currently constructing the Carroll County Energy project using GE technology.

Boston-based Advanced Power said it has fully developed 1,540 MW power generation projects since 2000 and currently has 5,390 MW under development with 2,350 MW of generation under development in the United States.

South Field Energy separately on Oct. 5 filed with the board a pre-application notice in a case where it plans to apply for a 345-kV transmission line and associated switching station to interconnect this power project with an existing FirstEnergy/ATSI 345-kV transmission circuit. The transmission line will be a 345-kV overhead generator lead line, approximately three miles in length. The transmission line will be constructed through easements in Yellow Creek and Madison townships in Columbiana County. This project will also be discussed at the Oct. 20 public meeting.

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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.