Company seeks FERC-issued permit for 1,200-MW pumped storage project in Arkansas

Indian Blanket Water LLC filed a June 22 application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a preliminary permit, good for three years, under which it would study the feasibility of the 1,200-MW Pushmataha County Pump Storage Project in Scott and Sebastian counties, Arkansas.

The company proposes to develop a “closed-loop” pumped storage hydroelectric facility. It submitted this application in order to secure and maintain priority in the FERC licensing process, while undertaking activities and working with key stakeholders to determine the economic viability and feasibility of the proposed energy storage project to support an application for a license.

There is no existing dam or project facility at the site. A new dam will be constructed to create the upper reservoir. A new dam will also be constructed to create the lower reservoir on Price Creek.

A project powerhouse would hold four units of 300 MW each. A new 345-kV transmission line will be constructed with an approximate length of 60 miles. The location and connection point(s) to the grid will be established after an interconnection study is completed. The project is located entirely within Ouachita National Forest.

Project contact information is: Indian Blanket Water LLC, 4265 Kellway Circle, Addison, TX 75001, Phone (972) 239-0707.

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