Rye Development seeks two extra permit years for Louisiana hydro project

Filed Sept. 19 at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission by Rye Development, on behalf of FFP Project 124 LLC, was an application to extend the term of the preliminary permit for a Louisiana hydro project.

The applicant’s current preliminary permit for the project was issued on Nov. 14, 2013, and expires on Oct. 31, 2016. The applicant seeks a two-year extension of that preliminary permit. 

The company said it has made needed progress on a project license. On Aug. 24, 2016, the applicant filed a “robust” Notice of Intent (NOI), PreApplication Document (PAD) and request to use the Traditional Licensing Process (TLP). Also in August, it distributed a request for information to all entities having management responsibilities or potential interests related to environmental resources in the project area.

FFP Project 124 under this permit is studying the feasibility of the Red River Lock and Dam #1 Hydroelectric Project, which would be located at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Red River Lock and Dam #1 on the Red River, near the town of Marksville in Catahoula Parish, La.

This project would consist of: a 575-foot-long, 270-foot-wide forebay with a 200-foot-long retaining wall; a 200-foot-long, 270-foot-wide powerhouse containing four generating units with a total capacity of 36.8 MW; a 500-foot-long, 270-foot-wide tailrace with a 200-foot-long retaining wall; a 4.16/69 kV substation; and a 0.4-mile-long, 69-kV transmission line. The project would have an average annual generation of 163,200 megawatt-hours and operate as directed by the Corps.

The Sept. 19 extension request was from: Erik Steimle, Vice President Project Development, Rye Development LLC, 745 Atlantic Avenue, 8th Floor, Boston, MA 02111, erik@ryedevelopment.com.

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