Energy Resources seeks permit on 17-MW Byrd hydro project on Ohio River

Energy Resources USA Inc. applied June 3 to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a preliminary permit for the proposed Robert C. Byrd Lock & Dam Hydroelectric Project on the Ohio River.

This application is made in order that the company may secure and maintain priority of licensing 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 an application for license. The preliminary permit would run for three years.

The project will use the existing Robert C. Byrd Lock & Dam structure, located on the Ohio River, approximately nine miles south of Gallipolis in Mason and Gallia counties, West Virginia, and in Ohio. The project facilities are owned and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Huntington District.

The project would include a new reinforced concreted powerhouse, 184 feet by 59 feet in plan, that would 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. Four vertical Kaplan turbine-generators rated at 4.25 MW each will be installed in the new powerhouse for a total capacity of 17 MW.

A 20 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. Existing transmission elements will be evaluated during the 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 0.02 miles in length, extending west from the substation and following the Ohio River Scenic Byway road where it continues to the potential interconnection point. The potential interconnection point is an existing T-line 69 kV.

The estimated average annual production of the project is 138 GWh.

A project contact is: Ander Gonzalez, Energy Resources USA Inc., 350 Lincoln Road, 2nd Floor, Miami, Florida 33139, (954) 248-8425,,

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