Developer eyes 1,200-MW pumped storage hydro project in Arkansas

Indian Blanket Water LLC applied April 26 to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a preliminary permit. good for three years, for the 1,200-MW Indian Blanket Hydro Pumped Storage Hydroelectric Project in Arkansas.

This application is made in order that the applicant may secure and maintain priority of application for a license for the project under Part 1 of the Federal Power Act while obtaining the data and performing the acts required to determine the feasibility of the project and to support for a license.

The project site is in Scott County and Polk County, Arkansas, on Price Creek. The project is entirely withi the Ouachita National Forest.

This pumped storage hydroelectric project would generate electric power during peak demand periods thereby reducing the need for fossil fuel peaker generators, the application noted.

A new 345-kV transmission line will be constructed with an approximate length of 50 miles. The location and connection point(s) to the grid will be established after an interconnection study is completed.

Estimated average annual energy output is 3,500,000 MW/hours. The projct would be made up of four 300-MW units. There would be an upper and lower reservoir.

Project contact information is: Fred Brown P.E. (Agent), 4265 Kellway Circle, Addison, TX 75001, Phone (972) 239-0707,

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