: EPA standards to fuel more gas plants
WHEELING - Andrew Dorn
believes stringent Environmental Protection Agency emissions standards will precipitate more natural gas fired electricity plants, such as his
549-megawatt Moundsville Power generator.
Dorn's company cleared the final construction hurdle by receiving its siting permit from the Public Service Commission of West Virginia
, as the firm previously gained an air quality permit from the Department of Environmental Protection.
"I think there will have to be more plants like this because of the retirement of coal plants," Dorn, managing partner for Buffalo, N.Y.-based Moundsville Power, said.
said the company plans to begin building its $615 million facility on the 37-acre portion of land south of Moundsville
between W.Va. 2 and the Ohio River in "October or November.
The new facility will be just a few miles north of the coal-fired American Electric Power Kammer Plant, which is slated for shutdown this year.
"We have to be operational by June 1, 2018," he
said, adding he
believes the plant should be built by the end of 2017.
said the facility will use about 100 million cubic feet of natural gas -- roughly the production of two or three successful horizontal wells -- daily to produce its electricity.
said the company is finalizing a contract with a single producer to supply natural gas to the plant, though he
declined to name the firm.
"It will be a name everyone there will recognize.
We can burn a lot of gas for them," Dorn
"If we can burn $105 million worth of gas annually, that will increase the royalty payments for mineral owners."
Once operational, the plant is expected to be the largest consumer of natural gas in West Virginia.
It will also be one of the first in the U.S. to burn ethane, according to company officials.
believes the project will create 400 construction jobs and 30 full-time jobs.
said the plant will be a combined-cycle facility, which has natural gas run one of the plant's turbines, while the exhaust heat from this process drives an additional steam turbine.
also maintains his
firm will meet the $615 million price tag with private financing.
"We are in the process of completing our contract with Black & Veatch
, global engineering firm, to build the plant.
They have built over 130 of these plants all over the world," Dorn
Originally, Moundsville Power
awarded the contract to CH2M Hill, but Dorn
said that firm decided to stop building power plants.
said the generator will place power onto the PJM Interconnection grid for use wherever there is a need for electricity.
said the facility will not reach these emission levels, however.
Since then, Mason and Schambach have retired from the commission, a fact not lost on Dorn