For Immediate Release: July 29, 2009
Media Contact: : Percy Della - 916-654-4989


Review starts for Watson Cogeneration Project

SACRAMENTO - The California Energy Commission's review of the proposed Watson Cogeneration Steam and Electric Reliability Project in Los Angeles County officially got underway today.

By a vote of 4-0, the Commission deemed the project data adequate at this morning's business meeting.

Data adequacy means Commission staff has received enough information from the project applicant to begin the discovery and analysis phase of the 12-month certification process.

The Commission has named a Committee led by Energy Commission Chairman Karen Douglas to review the project. Commissioner Julia Levin is the associate member.

The committee will make sure the facility meets the Energy Commission's siting requirements as well as those of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The Energy Commission is responsible for reviewing thermal electric power plants, 50 MW and greater in California.

As lead agency under CEQA, the Commission through its facility certification process examines public health and safety, environmental impacts, and engineering aspects of proposed power plants and all related facilities, such as electric transmission lines and natural gas and water pipelines.

The project, planned by the Watson Cogeneration Company will add a nominal 85 MW combustion turbine generator to the existing cogeneration facility owned by Watson to provide additional process steam to the British Petroleum Carson refinery. Watson is a joint partnership between subsidiaries of BP America and Edison Mission Energy.

The project site is a 2.5-acre site located within the boundary of the existing Watson Cogeneration Facility, which is a 21.7-acre area within BP's existing Carson Refinery (BP Refinery), in the City of Carson, Los Angeles County.

If approved by the Energy Commission the project will begin construction in May 2010. Startup and testing will occur in January 2012 and commercial operation is targeted six months later.

More information on the Watson Cogeneration Steam and Electric Reliability Project is available at:

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