Project uprate among revisions made to Panda Patriot interconnection agreement

PJM Interconnection on Sept. 6 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a revised Interconnection Service Agreement with Panda Patriot LLC and interconnecting transmission owner PPL Electric Utilities Corp.

This replaces an ISA filed with the commission in 2013. The Panda ISA facilitates the interconnection to the PJM system of a 907-MW. gas-fired, combined-cycle facility located in Montgomery, Pennsylvania. That Maximum Facility Output of 907 MW includes an increase of 57 MW over Panda’s previous interconnection. The Panda ISA indicates that Panda shall have Capacity Interconnection Rights of 765 MW. 

The revisions to the Panda ISA includes: updated project milestones; changes to Section 9.0 to indicate the performance of a System Impact Study; changes to Section 12.0 to provide Power Factor requirements for the additional Customer Facility output; and minor ministerial revisions including changing the name of the Interconnection Customer from Moxie Patriot LLC to Panda Patriot LLC.

Under the revision, the project’s targeted commercial operation date is Sept. 1 of this year. The project now has two PJM queue positions: #X2-012 and #AA2-008.

Gemma Power Systems LLC had announced on June 20 that it had achieved substantial sompletion for both the Panda Liberty and Panda Patriot combined cycle power projects in Pennsylvania. The twin 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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