Gas-fired St. Joseph Energy Center schedule pushed back by two years

St. Joseph Energy Center LLC proposes to install PJM Project #X2-052, a 675 MW (675 MW Capacity) natural gas-fired facility connecting to American Electric Power‘s Dumont-Olive 345 kV line in Indiana.

PJM Interconnection has posted its website an April 2015 update to a December 2014 Facilities Study on this project.

The proposed location of the X2-052 interconnection switching station is about 1 mile from the Olive 345-kV substation and about 14 miles from the Dumont 345-kV substation, according to GenerationHub.

This project in the feasibility study was originally looked at as a 1,200 MW gas-fired facility. This new version of the project is a 2×1 gas facility consisting of two 230 MW gas combustion turbines and one 235 MW steam turbine.

The requested in service date is now June 1, 2018. The December 2014 version of the study had a requested in-service date of June 1, 2016. The schedule assumes that the Interconnection Service Agreement for this project, which caps the PJM queue process, will be signed on or around May 1.

St. Joseph Energy Center LLC in April 2014 won an 18-month extension from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, to December 2015, to begin construction on this project. The department had in December 2012 issued air permits for the project, including a prevention of significant deterioration permit. The permits had a routine 18-month deadline for the project to go into construction or the permits would lapse.

The website of Energy Investors Funds shows this as one of its projects.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy's Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication's editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor's degree from Central Michigan University.

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