Connecticut Siting Council nearing decision on 63-MW fuel cell project

The Connecticut Siting Council is taking comments until Dec. 30 on a draft findings of fact, which is a key document needed prior to a final decision from the council on an application by Beacon Falls Energy Park LLC for a fuel cell project.

On Aug. 31, the company requested that the council issue a declaratory ruling for the location, construction, operation and maintenance of a 63.3-MW fuel cell project and associated ground equipment, an ancillary building and a 115-kV interconnection located on about eight acres of a former sand and gravel mine along Lopus Road in Beacon Falls, Connecticut. The project is to be in full operation by July 1, 2017, with an expected construction start in the spring of 2016.

BFEP is a wholly owned subsidiary of O&G Industries Inc. The project consists of:

  • Five FCE HEFC fuel cell plants, each rated at approximately 3.7 MW, using natural gas as the feedstock;
  • Sixteen FCE DFC3000 fuel cell plants, each rated at approximately 2.8 MW;
  • Switchyard facilities; and
  • A metering facility

O&G Industries, based in Torrington, Connecticut, will be the Engineer Procure Construct (EPC) contractor for the project. O&G is a large and experienced EPC contractor and has built and completed energy generating facilities. O&G owns the property upon which the project will be located.

The council inspected the site and held a local public hearing on Nov. 5. Various affected state agencies did not object to the project.

FuelCell Energy Inc. (FCE) based in Connecticut, will manufacture, supply, construct and operate the fuel cells.

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