FERC seeks input on permit app for 18-MW hydro project in Arkansas

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a Nov. 24 notice about a June application from Energy Resources USA Inc. for a preliminary permit under which the company would study the feasibility of a hydropower project to be located at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ David D. Terry Lock and Dam on the Arkansas River near the town of Little Rock in Pulaski County, Arkansas.

The sole purpose of a preliminary permit, if issued, is to grant the permit holder priority to file a license application during the three-year permit term. A license application would be needed to take the project further.

The proposed project would consist of: a 100-foot-long overflow bank extension connecting to the existing dam; a 770-foot-long, 200-foot-wide intake channel with a 85-foot-long retaining wall; a 220-foot-long, 90-foot-wide powerhouse containing four generating units with a total capacity of 18 MW; a 500-foot-long, 200-foot-wide tailrace with a 85-foot-long retaining wall; a 4.16/69 kV substation; and a 4-mile-long, 69-kV transmission line. The proposed project would have an estimated average annual generation of 128,200 megawatt-hours, and operate as directed by the Corps.

The applicant contact is: Mr. Ander Gonzalez, Energy Resources USA Inc., 2655 Le Jeune Road, Suite 804, Coral Gables, Florida 33134, Phone: +34 93 252 38 40, agonzalez@energyresources.es.

FERC noted that this application competes with Project No. 14664-000, filed March 3, 2015. Competing applications had to be filed on or before July 20, 2015. The deadline for filing comments and motions to intervene is 60 days from the issuance of this notice.

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