830-MW Panda Liberty plant in Pa. to produce test energy by May

The 830-MW Panda Liberty gas-fired plant in Pennsylvania is scheduled to begin producing energy and Reactive Service on or prior to May 1, 2016.

Panda Liberty LLC gave that timeline in a March 22 filing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission of a proposed Reactive Supply and Voltage Control from Generation or Other Sources Service Tariff.

Panda Liberty is a wholly-owned, indirect subsidiary of Panda Power Funds, a private equity firm that develops, acquires, constructs, finances, and operates natural gas-fired power plants. Panda Liberty is an exempt wholesale generator under the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 2005 and has received commission authorization to make wholesale power sales at market-based rates.

Panda Liberty owns and will operate the Panda Liberty Facility, a natural gas-fired combined cycle station located in Towanda, Pennsylvania. The Panda Liberty Facility has two single shaft combined cycle units and a triple-pressure reheat heat recovery steam generator. Each unit is nominally rated at 415 MW, giving the Panda Liberty Facility a combined nominal rating of 830 MW. The Panda Liberty Facility’s expected summer rating is 765 MW.

The Panda Liberty Facility will interconnect to the Pennsylvania Electric transmission system, which is under the operational control of PJM Interconnection.

The electric system requires the provision of reactive power to maintain a stable voltage profile. Under the Panda Liberty Facility’s Interconnection Service Agreement with PJM, Panda Liberty is obligated to provide Reactive Service to the transmission grid.

A project contact is: Blake M. Jones, Panda Power Funds, Associate General Counsel & Senior Compliance Officer, 5001 Spring Valley Road, Suite 1150, West Dallas, TX 75244, Tel: (912) 361-2000, bjones@pandafunds.com.

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