TRC says permitting completed for 1,100-MW Hummel project in Pennsylvania

TRC Companies Inc. (NYSE: TRR) said Jan. 7 that it has completed air and water permitting for the Panda Hummel Station, one of the largest coal-to-natural gas power conversion projects in the United States.

Located in Shamokin Dam in Snyder County, Pennsylvania, Hummel Station will be a natural gas-fired combined cycle facility. It will replace the retired Sunbury coal-fired plant, which was permanently shut down in 2014. Hummel Station is being developed by Panda Power Funds and Sunbury Generation LP in a joint venture. The project was financed at the end of October 2015.

“TRC is proud to support the development of this clean energy project,” said Chris Vincze, TRC Chairman and CEO. “We are committed to providing high-quality services that not only satisfy our clients’ needs to provide more reliable, cost effective and clean energy, but also promote a more sustainable environment for the entire community.”

When Hummel Station comes online in early 2018, the plant will supply major power markets, including Philadelphia and New York. Siemens Energy will provide the power island package and Bechtel Power Corp. will serve as the Engineering, Procurement, Construction (EPC) contractor for the 1,100+ MW Hummel Station. The generating station will interconnect to pipelines with access to the Marcellus Shale gas formation.

TRC has been providing environmental consulting services to Sunbury Generation since 2006, having secured permits and approvals for a voluntary pollution control project at its now-retired coal plant. In 2011, TRC began providing air and water permitting services in support of the coal-to-natural gas power conversion project. TRC secured one of the most critical pre-construction permits, the necessary air Plan Approval, by preparing the air emissions calculations and air permit application and participating in regulatory outreach with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

TRC is a national engineering, environmental consulting and construction management firm that provides integrated services to the energy, environmental, infrastructure and pipeline services markets.

In other recent news for the Hummel project:

  • The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is out for comment until Jan. 27 on a draft environmental assessment for a gas pipeline that would supply the plant. In July 2015, UGI Sunbury LLC filed an application with FERC for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity authorizing the proposed Sunbury Pipeline Project to provide natural gas to the planned Hummel Station Generating Facility in Snyder County, Pennsylvania, as well as to UGI Energy Services LLC and interconnects to two other existing pipelines. The project would include the construction and operation of approximately 34.4 miles of 20-inch-diameter pipeline and related facilities in Snyder, Union, Northumberland, Montour and Lycoming counties, Pennsylvania.
  • Bechtel said on Oct. 28, 2015, that it has been selected by Panda Power Funds to build this1,124-MW combined-cycle facility as part of one of the largest coal-to-natural gas power site conversion projects in the United States. Bechtel is providing project management, engineering, procurement, construction, and startup services for the new power plant, while its consortium partner, Siemens, is responsible for the primary power generation technologies, including the combustion and steam turbines, generators, and heat recovery steam generators.
  • Siemens on Oct. 28, 2015, separately announced that it will be the technology partner for the Hummel Station. The facility will be based around a power island consisting of: three SGT6-5000F gas turbines, one SST6-5000 steam turbine, three SGen6-1000A air cooled generators as part of the gas turbine package; one hydrogen cooled SGen6-2000H generator as part of the steam turbine package; three NEM DrumPlus HRSGs; and the SPPA-T3000 control system.
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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.