Genesis Power pursues $1bn gas-fired power project in New Jersey

Genesis Power LLC is planning the Amwell Energy Center, a proposed new combined-cycle generating facility in Hillsborough Township, New Jersey, said a project website.

The website says the project will consist of: three combustion turbine generators (CTGs) equipped with dry, low NOx combustors; three heat recovery steam generators (HRSGs) with duct burners (DBs); a single condensing steam turbine generator (STG); an air cooled condenser; a natural gas-fired auxiliary boiler; and associated ancillary equipment. 

The Amwell Energy Center would be constructed on part of a 423-acre parcel of land along Amwell and Hamilton roads, between N. Willow Road and Somerset Courthouse Road, in Hillsborough Township. The site is the intersection of three existing Texas Eastern interstate gas pipelines and multiple 500-kV transmission lines. 

The Amwell Energy Center will generate enough to power approximately 700,000 homes in New Jersey on a hot summer day, said the website. During peak construction, 800 construction and skilled workers will be working on the project. Amwell Energy Center will employ approximately 30 full-time employees during operation. The project represents a private, capital expenditure of approximately $1 billion.

The project website says that Amwell Energy Center recently applied to New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection requesting wetlands delineation of the site. Before the project can move forward, the local township and state agencies responsible for the oversight of energy projects must review and approve the proposed plans, ensuring the project complies with all applicable safety, air quality, noise levels, water quality and land use regulatory standards.

The Genesis Power website says that Genesis Power develops, builds and owns independent power generating facilities. Formed in 1989, Genesis Power has successfully developed power stations valued at more than $3.8 billion and partnered with more than 15 different equity investors, domestically and internationally, including utilities, private equity firms, equipment vendors, gas suppliers and independent power producers.

Owned and managed by executives with decades of project development experience, Genesis Power and its former affiliate GenPower have successfully developed independent power generating facilities producing more than 3,300 MW of electricity throughout the eastern United States. Past projects include:

  • a 750-MW two-on-one combined-cycle, natural gas-fired plant on a greenfield site in Brandywine, Maryland;
  • a 543-MW combined-cycle plant on a greenfield site in Westbrook, Maine; and
  • a 600-MW combined-cycle facility on a greenfield site in Dell, Arkansas.
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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.