New interconnect deal filed for 1,370-MW Lackawanna project in Pennsylvania

PJM Interconnection on Oct. 12 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission an unexecuted Interconnection Service Agreement with Lackawanna Energy Center LLC and interconnecting transmission company PPL Electric Utilities for an uprated and time-delayed power project in Pennsylvania.

This Lackawanna ISA supersedes an ISA among the same parties from 2015. It facilitates the interconnection to the PJM system of a 1,370-MW, gas-fired station located in Jessup Borough, Pennsylvania. The revised Maximum Facility Output of 1,370 MW includes an increase of 370 MW over Lackawanna’s previous interconnection agreement.

The new ISA contains various other revisions, including the milestones regarding completion of substantial site work, delivery of major electrical equipment and the commercial operation date. In addition, a new milestone has been added requiring Lackawanna to enter into a Facilities Construction Agreement with the New York Independent System Operator. A section was revised to limit the total injections from the facility to 1,000 MW until all network upgrades required on the NYISO transmission system are completed and in service.  

This project now consists of three 1×1 combined cycle generating units. The targeted commercial operation date for the project has been pushed back from the orginal Jan. 31, 2017, to Jan. 31, 2019.

In other developments for this project from earlier this year:

  • Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. (NYSE: COG) said July 5 that it has executed a 10-year sales agreement to be the exclusive provider of natural gas to Invenergy LLC‘s Lackawanna Energy Center. Additionally, South Jersey Industries (NYSE: SJI), the energy holding company for South Jersey Resources Group LLC, will become a counterparty to both entities through an exclusive supply fuel management service agreement. The facility, at maximum capacity, will burn up to 240,000 dekatherms of natural gas per day.
  • Invenergy LLC said April 25 that it held a groundbreaking ceremony for the Lackawanna Energy Center, which it said is expected to be operational in 2018. Equipped with General Electric’s latest technology, LEC will generate fewer emissions and feature the highest-efficiency combustion turbines in their class. During construction, which will be facilitated by Kiewit Power Constructors, the project will employ up to 800 construction labor jobs during peak construction months.
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