Energy Resources pursues permit on 10-MW hydro project in West Virginia

Energy Resources USA Inc. applied May 4 to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a preliminary permit for the proposed, 10-MW R.D. Bailey Dam Hydroelectric Project.

The project would use the existing R.D. Bailey Dam structure, located on the Guyandotte River, approximately one mile southern of Justice in Wyoming and Mingo counties, West Virginia. The project facilities are owned and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Huntington District.

A new reinforced concreted powerhouse, 90 feet by 45 feet in plan, will be constructed downstream of the existing overflow bank adjacent to the left riverbank. The powerhouse will contain the turbine-generators, switchgear, controls, and ancillary systems, as well as shop and storage space. Two vertical Kaplan turbine-generators rated at 5 MW each will be installed in the new powerhouse for a total capacity of 10 MW.

A 10 MVA 4.16/69 kV three-phase step-up transformer will be located adjacent to the powerhouse in a new, 50-foot wide by 60-foot long substation. The substation will also contain high side and low side disconnects and will be surrounded by a containment dike and a security fence.

The applicant has identified existing transmission infrastructure in the proposed project area. These existing transmission elements will be evaluated during the three-year permit period through field investigations and discussions with the local utility. It is anticipated that the project will utilize a single overhead three phase, 69-kV line which is approximately 0.6 miles in length, extending southern from the substation and following the West Virginia 80 road to the potential interconnection point. The potential interconnection point is an existing T-line 69 kV.

The project contact is: Ander Gonzalez, Energy Resources USA Inc., 2655 Le Jeune Road, Suite 804, Coral Gables, Florida 33134, (954) 248-8425,

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