South Field Energy seeks quick Ohio approval for gas line to power project

South Field Energy LLC applied June 30 at the Ohio Power Siting Board for expedited approval to construct the South Field Energy Natural Gas Pipeline Interconnection in Columbiana County, Ohio.

This interconnection will supply fuel to South Field Energy, a proposed combined-cycle electric generating facility located on an 86.5-acre property along Hibbetts Mill Road in Yellow Creek Township, Columbiana County. Natural gas will be the primary fuel for South Field Energy.

The SFE Natural Gas Interconnection will extend from a point of interconnection (POI) at South Field Energy in a westerly direction for approximately two miles to a POI at the existing Dominion Transmission Pipeline natural gas line. The interconnection will be an approximately 20-inch diameter natural gas pipeline constructed within a right-of-way (ROW) shared with a 345-kV transmission line that will serve South Field Energy and accompanying ancillary facilities, such as temporary work spaces and access roads. The SFE Electrical Interconnect was the subject of a separate filing with the board.

Construction of the SFE Natural Gas Interconnection is expected to commence during the first quarter of 2017, and is scheduled to be completed and in-service no later than 2020. 

Project contact information is: South Field Energy LLC c/o Advanced Power Services (NA) Inc., 31 Milk Street, Suite 1001, Boston, MA 02109.

Filed June 28 at the Ohio Power Siting Board was a stipulated agreement that should clear the way for board approval of the 1,105-MW, gas-fired project of South Field Energy. The agreement is among South Field Energy, Yellow Creek Township, the Columbiana County Development Department Director, American Transmission Systems Inc. (ATSI), Ohio Edison and siting board staff. This stipulation is intended by the parties to resolve all matters pertinent to the certification and construction of the proposed South Field Energy Generation Facility. ATSI and Ohio Edison are units of FirstEnergy (NYSE: FE).

South Field is proposing to develop, build and operate South Field Energy Generation Facility, a dual-fuel combined-cycle facility. It will primarily fire natural gas, with the capability to fire ultra-low sulphur distillate (ULSD) as back-up. It will utilize two integrated General Electric (GE) 7HA.02 combustion turbine generators, each with a dedicated supplementary-fired heat recovery steam generator; two steam generators and two mechanical draft wet cooling towers. The facility will have a nominal net output of 1,105 MW (full duct burner operation with inlet air cooling at 59 degrees Fahrenheit ambient temperature).

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.