Deal done between parties on 1,105 MW South Field Energy project in Ohio

Project partners filed an agreement at the Ohio Power Siting Board that will advance a South Field Energy 1,105 MW gas-fired power plant.

The agreement is among South Field Energy, Yellow Creek Township, the Columbiana County Development Department Director, American Transmission Systems Inc., Ohio Edison and siting board staff. This stipulation is intended by the parties to resolve all matters pertinent to the certification and construction of the proposed South Field Energy Generation Facility. ATSI and Ohio Edison are units of FirstEnergy.

South Field is proposing to develop, build and operate South Field Energy Generation Facility, a dual-fuel combined-cycle facility located in Columbiana County, Ohio. This is a facility designed in a 2×2 configuration. It will primarily fire natural gas, with the capability to fire ultra-low sulfur distillate (ULSD) as back-up.

It will use two integrated General Electric 7HA.02 combustion turbine generators, each with a dedicated supplementary-fired heat recovery steam generator; two steam generators and two mechanical draft wet cooling towers. The facility will have a nominal net output of 1,105 MW (full duct burner operation with inlet air cooling at 59 degrees Fahrenheit ambient temperature).

The facility (which includes the power generating facility, on-site switchyard, and ancillary equipment) will be located within an about 150-acre property entirely within Yellow Creek Township, Columbiana County. The site is about three miles northwest of the Village of Wellsville and about 0.7 mile west of State Route 45.

On Dec. 7, 2015, South Field Energy filed the application for this project. The stipulation contains certain conditions, mostly related to how site work is performed. One part of the deal is that a board-issued certificate would become invalid if the applicant has not commenced a continuous course of construction of the proposed facility within five years of the date of issuance of the certificate.

South Field Energy is an affiliate of Advanced Power NA.

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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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