Energy Resources seeks permit for 12.5-MW hydro project in Alabama

Energy Resources USA Inc. applied Nov. 28 at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a preliminary permit, good for three years of project feasibility work, for the proposed Armistead I. Lock and Dam Hydroelectric Project.

The project will use the existing Armistead I. Lock and Dam structure located on the Black Warrior River, approximately five miles southeast of Eutaw in Greene County, Alabama. The project facilities are owned and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mobile District.

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 project would include two vertical Kaplan turbine-generators rated at 6.25 MW each that will be installed in a new powerhouse for a total capacity of 12.5 MW. A 13 MVA 4.16/69 kV three-phase step-up transformer will be located adjacent to the powerhouse in a new, 50-foot wide by 60-foot long substation.

The applicant has identified existing transmission infrastructure in the proposed project area. These existing transmission elements will be evaluated during the permit period through field investigations and discussions with the local utility. It is anticipated that the project will utilize a single overhead three phase, 69-kV line which is approximately three miles in length.

The estimated average annual production is 68.9 GWh. The hydraulic head used for estimating capacity and energy output is 23.5 feet. The turbines and generators will be newly manufactured for the project.

A company contact is: Ander Gonzalez, Energy Resources USA Inc., 2655 Le Jeune Road, Suite 804, Coral Gables, Florida 33134, (954) 248-8425,

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