PJM works on interconnect for 450-MW Birdsboro gas project in Pennsylvania

Birdsboro Power LLC has proposed a combined-cycle generating facility located approximately 3.2 miles east of the existing Metropolitan Edison 230 kV line on 1 Armorcast Road, Birdsboro, Berks County, Pennsylvania.

PJM Interconnection has issued a revised study on the project dated August 2016 that says the installed facilities will have a total capability of 450 MW with 450 MW of this output being recognized by PJM as capacity. The proposed in-service date for this project is June 1, 2019. This study does not imply a Metropolitan Edison commitment to this in-service date.

This project, under PJM queue #AA2-115, with interconnect to the Metropolitan Edison system through a new three breaker 230 kV ring bus substation.

The intent of this System Impact Study, which is a mid-point in the PJM queue process, is to determine a plan, with approximate cost and construction time estimates, to connect the subject generation interconnection project to the PJM network at a location specified by Birdsboro Power.

In some other developments for the project:

  • Birdsboro Power on March 22 was granted by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection a final air permit. The department said in a notice in the Pennsylvania Bulletin that the facility is designed to generate up to 450 MW (nominal) using a combustion turbine generator and a heat recovery steam generator that will provide steam to drive a steam turbine generator. The heat recovery steam generator will be equipped with a natural gas-fired duct burner to supplement power output. The turbine is rated at 2,944 MMBtus/hr and the duct burner is rated at 500 MMBtus/hr.
  • The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on April 7 granted a request from Birdsboro Power for a one-time, limited waiver of the Competitive Entry Exemption deadline in Attachment DD of the PJM Open Access Transmission Tariff. Birdsboro Power said it needed more time to complete the PJM queue process. Birdsboro Power requested waiver of the Dec. 28, 2015 deadline to request a Competitive Entry Exemption for its project for the 2016 Base Residual Auction for the 2019/2020 delivery year. Birdsboro Power anticipated that its project will be in-service by April 2019.

A project contact is: Raj Suri, EmberClear Co., 2700 Post Oak Blvd, #1400, Houston, TX 77056, Telephone: (281) 657-3310, Mobile: (281) 989-0903, rsuri@emberclear.com.

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