Rye Development, on behalf of FFP Project 132 LLC, on June 27 applied with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to extend the term of a three-year preliminary permit, which expires on July 31, 2016, for a 16.5-MW hydro project.
Rye is seeking a two-year extension of its preliminary permit. Under these permits, developers get exclusive time to look at project feasibility ahead of any license application. Rye noted that while it is not ready yet to file a license application, on June 22 it did file a “robust” Notice of Intent, Pre-Application Document and a request to use the Traditional Licensing Process.
The proposed project will be located at the Allegheny Lock and Dam #7 on the Allegheny River at river mile 45.7 above the confluence of the Ohio River, which is located in Kittanning, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania. The project will utilize an existing Corps of Engineers lock and dam that was placed into service in 1930.
A new concrete powerhouse would be constructed downstream of a new forebay along the left bank, facing downstream. Three horizontal bulb turbine‐generators, each rated at 5.5 MW, would be installed in the new powerhouse for a total project installed capacity of 16.5 MW.