South Field Energy LLC filed June 13 testimony at the Ohio Power Siting Board in support of applications for certificates on a gas-fired power project and also the transmission line that will interconnect that project to the grid.
Jonathan Winslow, the Senior Vice President of Development for Advanced Power Services (NA) Inc. and an officer of South Field Energy, which is an affiliate of Advanced Power, provided some of the testimony. He manages and directs the South Field Energy (SFE) development team, which is primarily responsible for design, schedule, budget development, corporate reporting, coordination and submittal of the applications in these proceedings, required permitting, government affairs and community relations related to the South Field Energy project. This is a new natural gas-fired combined-cycle facility and interconnection facilities in Yellow Creek and Madison townships, Columbiana County, Ohio.
Major project components include, a natural gas-fired combined-cycle facility, as well as a switchyard and ancillary equipment. The facility will be located on about 30-acres of an 86.5-acre property on Hibbetts Mill Road in Yellow Creek Township. This state-of-the-art facility will utilize two General Electric 7HA.02 gas turbine generators, each with a heat recovery steam generator, two steam turbine generators and two mechanical draft wet cooling towers. It will have a nominal net output of 1,105 MW.
Electricity from the facility will be delivered to the regional transmission grid at a switchyard which will connect the facility to the existing Highland-Sammis 345-kV transmission line owned by FirstEnergy (NYSE: FE). The switchyard will be secured within a 3.5-acre portion of a 38-acre site north of Osbourne Road in Madison Township, Columbiana County.
Electricity will be delivered from the power plant to the switchyard via a transmission line to be built within one of two rights of way (ROWs) – a preferred ROW or an alternate ROW. Both ROWs would be approximately 3.9 miles long, about 3.0 miles of which are identical to minimize impacts. Either ROW will run entirely over participating private property and would be approximately 150 feet wide.
The power plant will help meet energy demand in the region, particularly in light of the announced retirement of existing generating plants that serve the PJM Interconnection grid, including 13.4 GW retired since 2014 and an additional 8 GW scheduled for retirement by the end of 2019, Winslow said. The facility will help meet this region’s energy demand by providing additional base load and peaking capacity.
South Field filed the generating facility application with the board on Dec. 7, 2015. On Feb. 5, 2016, the board accepted it as complete. South Field filed the interconnection facilities application on Jan. 15, 2016. On March 7, 2016, the board accepted that application as complete.
Also providing June 13 testimony, mostly about site environmental factors, was Lynn Gresock, Vice President–Energy Program with Tetra Tech Inc. Tetra Tech is a provider of consulting, engineering, construction and technical services focused on resource management and infrastructure.