FFP Missouri 2 LLC, which in November 2013 applied with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a license on a Mississippi hydroelectric project, on Dec. 28 won FERC approval of that license.
FFP Missouri 2 plans to construct and operate the proposed Enid Lake Hydroelectric Project, with an authorized capacity of 4.6 MW. The project will be located at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Enid Dam on the Yocona River near the town of Enid in Yalobusha County, Mississippi.
The project will be located at river mile 14.5, approximately 6.5 miles north of the town of Oakland, Mississippi. The Yocona River flows in a westerly direction from its headwaters near Randolph, Mississippi, and enters the Panola Quitman Floodway (a flood control channel) before it joins the Tallahatchie River near Sharkey, Mississippi. The Tallahatchie River joins the Yalobusha River to form the Yazoo River, which in turn flows into the Mississippi River.
Enid Dam is one of four dams that make up the Corps’ Yazoo Basin Headwater Project. The Headwater Project was authorized by Congress and provides flood control and benefits to recreation, fish and wildlife resources, and navigation.
The powerhouse will contain two identical vertical Kaplan turbine-generator units with a combined installed capacity of 4.6 MW. Power will be transmitted via a 181-foot-long, buried transmission line from the powerhouse to a new substation. From the new substation, a 2,036-foot-long, 12.5-kV overhead transmission line will transmit power along Enid Dam Road to an interconnection point at an existing distribution line owned by a local utility.
The project will operate in a run-of-release mode using flows made available by the Corps in accordance with the Corps’ Master Water Control Manual for the Yazoo Basin Lakes. The project will generate an average of 17,700 megawatt-hours (MWh) annually.