Pennsylvania agency nears permit on 450-MW Birdsboro Power project

Birdsboro Power LLC is nearing an air permit decision from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection on a 450-MW, gas-fired, combined-cycle project in Birdsboro Borough, Berks County.

“The facility is designed to generate up to 450 MWs nominal using a combustion turbine generator and a heat recovery steam generator that will provide steam to drive a steam turbine generator,” said the DEP in a notice of intent to issue this permit published in the Feb. 20 Pennsylvania Bulletin. “The heat recovery steam generator will be equipped with a natural gas-fired duct burner which may be utilized during peak power demand to supplement power output. The turbine is rated at 2,944 MMBtus/hr and the duct burner is rated at 500 MMBtus/hr.”

The notice added: “A selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system and oxidation catalyst in series will control NOx, CO and VOC. The proposed project will also include a diesel emergency generator, a diesel emergency fire pump and an evaporative cooling tower.” 

The company address given in the notice is 92 Armorcast Drive, Birdsboro, PA 19508.

The notice doesn’t contain any information on the project backer. Stories in the last year in the Reading Eagle newspaper say that power project developer EmberClear has been working with local officials to build a gas-fired project in Birdsboro Borough on the Armorcast property, the site of an abandoned plant used during World War II to manufacture tanks.

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