Ohio board okays construction-related revision for 800-MW Lordstown project

The Ohio Power Siting Board on June 30 granted an application filed by Clean Energy Future-Lordstown LLC to amend its certificate to construct an electric generating facility in Trumbull County, Ohio.

The board in September 2015 granted an application of Clean Energy Future-Lordstown for a certificate to construct, operate, and maintain a gas-fired, 800-MW facility, associated 345-kV transmission line, and five-breaker ring bus in Lordstown, Trumbull County, Ohio. The board later approved Clean Energy’s application to amend the certificate related to the five-breaker ring bus and the electrical interconnection.

On March 14, Clean Energy filed an application for a second amendment to the certificate, under which it would add two new parcels. Parcels 7 and 8, to the project area, which would be used on a temporary basis during construction.

Clean Energy explained that Parcel 7 consists of approximately 15 acres, including a warehouse and office building, parking, and associated grading, and is located within the Lordstown Industrial Park, which is east of the Lordstown generation facility project and north of Mud Creek. Clean Energy proposed to create an approximately 60-foot wide gravel haul road between Parcel 7 and the Lordstown generation facility project. Clean Energy noted that Parcel 7 would be used for temporary equipment storage and parking of construction trailers. Additionally, Clean Energy proposes to construct a conduit for a short distance across Parcel 7 to allow for stormwater discharge to Mud Creek, in accordance with the board-issued certificate.

Clean Energy noted that Parcel 8 is an approximately 38-acre property located to the east of State Route 45 and south of the Lordstown generation facility project. Clean Energy explained that additional temporary work space is needed and, therefore, 11 acres of Parcel 8, currently in agricultural use, would be utilized for more effective construction mobilization, without increasing surrounding traffic or requiring substantial property alteration.

Macquarie Infrastructure Partners III LP (MIP III), along with Siemens Financial Services (SFS), had announced on April 6 that they had entered an agreement to construct the Lordstown Energy Center. The developer of the project, Clean Energy Future, will retain an interest in it. Siemens will act as the Engineering Procurement Construction contractor and provide the gas turbines, a steam turbine, and generators. The facility will be a 2×1 combined cycle power plant, featuring Siemens H-class technology. The companies said construction would begin immediately and that the facility is expected to commence commercial operations in the summer of 2018.

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