PJM files revisions of interconnect agreement for Panda Liberty project in Pa.

PJM Interconnection on Sept. 19 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission revisions to its executed interconnection service agreement (ISA) with Panda Liberty LLC and interconnecting transmission owner Pennsylvania Electric.

This supersedes the ISA for this project that was filed with FERC in 2013.

The Panda Liberty ISA facilitates the interconnection to the PJM system of 907.5 MW (Maximum Facility Output) at the gas-fired Liberty/Asylum Township Plant located at 151 Liberty Lane in Towanda, Pennsylvania. The Panda Liberty ISA indicates that Panda Liberty shall have 765 MW of Capacity Interconnection Rights (CIRs) at the Point(s) of Interconnection specified in the ISA.

This new Panda Liberty ISA includes differences from the original ISA that include: an interconnection request associated with a different queue position for the same generating units; revisions to section 6.0, Project Specific Milestones; revisions to section 12.0, Power Factor Requirement; revisions to section 1.0(c) of the Specifications; and minor ministerial revisions.

The Panda Liberty ISA reflects a different queue position for the same existing generating units than the X1-109 queue position identified in the original agreement.  Also, specifications has been revised to reflect an increase in the Maximum Facility Output of 57.5 MW. The revised ISA has two project completion deadlines that occurred earlier this year.

Gemma Power Systems LLC (GPS) had announced June 20 that it had achieved substantial sompletion for the Panda Liberty and Panda Patriot combined-cycle projects in Pennsylvania. The twin 829-MW projects located in Bradford County and Lycoming County are state-of-the-art natural gas-fired facilities. These facilities were the first projects to be designed and sited specifically to capitalize on the Marcellus Shale natural gas formation in Pennsylvania, Gemma noted.

Panda Liberty achieved substantial completion on April 30 and Panda Patriot achieved substantial completion on June 14. Substantial completion means the facility has been turned over to the owner for commercial operation.

Gemma Power Systems through a joint venture with the Lane Construction Corp., was the Engineering-Procurement-Construction (EPC) contractor for the projects.

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