Ohio EPA issues permit for 110 MW of peaking capacity at AMP Hamilton plant

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency on Jan. 25 issued a final air permit-to-install that covers initial installation by American Municipal Power at its AMP Hamilton Peaking Plant a total of eleven 10-MW 4-stroke lean burn natural gas-fired engines.

Each engine will be limited to 3,504 operating hours, 520 cold start-ups and 520 shut-downs per year in order to avoid Title V and Major New Source Review requirements. The maximum annual natural gas usage rate for these emissions units, designated as P001–P011, combined can’t exceed 2,970 million standard cubic feet (MSCF) per rolling, 12-month period.

Each engine will have selective catalytic reduction and oxidation catalyst equipment. The plant site is located in Hamilton, Ohio.

In the draft version of the permit issued last November, the Ohio EPA said that ultimately AMP will select either the 9,700-kW Caterpillar Model G20CM34 or the 9,341-kW Wartsila Model 20V34SGD engines for the project.

A project contact is: Randy Meyer, AMP Hamilton Peaking Plant, 1111 Schrock Rd., Suite 100, Columbus, OH 43229.

AMP is a membership organization comprised of 83 municipalities throughout Ohio, 29 municipalities in Pennsylvania, six municipalities in Michigan, five municipalities in Virginia, four municipalities in Kentucky, two municipalities in West Virginia, one municipality in Indiana, one municipality in Maryland, and one joint action agency in Delaware, all but one of which own and operate electric systems. AMP purchases and generates electric capacity and energy for sale to its members.

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