The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is accepting public comments on a draft permit for the South Field Energy LLC combined-cycle gas turbine facility to be located in Wellsville, Columbiana County.
An Aug. 18 public information session and hearing begins at 6 p.m. at Southern Ruritan Club Bingo Hall, 1142 Hillcrest Road, S.R. 45, Wellsville, during which the public can submit comments for the record concerning the draft permit.
The permit would allow the installation of a 1,150-MW station that will utilize two combustion turbine generators, two supplementary heat recovery steam generators, two steam turbine generators and two cooling towers. Each gas turbine will have its own 180-foot stack. Additional equipment includes an auxiliary boiler, emergency diesel generator, emergency diesel fire pump and various storage tanks. Natural gas will be the primary fuel burned for the two combustion turbine generators, with ultra-low sulfur diesel as a secondary fuel.
Written comments are considered the same as oral testimony presented at the hearing. Written comments must be received by the close of business on Aug. 22.
In other recent news for this project:
- South Field Energy 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. Natural gas will be the primary fuel for South Field Energy. 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.
- Filed June 28 at the Ohio Power Siting Board was a stipulated agreement 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).