For Immediate Release: January 14, 2010
Media Contact: Percy Della - 916-654-4989


Public workshop January 20 on the BP Watson Cogeneration Project

Who: The staff of the California Energy Commission will hold a public workshop on the proposed Watson Cogeneration Steam and Electric Reliability project (BP Watson) in Los Angeles County.

When: Wednesday, January 20, 2010, starting at 9am

Where: North Conference Room A, Fourth Floor, California Energy 1516 Ninth Street, Sacramento, California.

The public and all interested parties unable to join in person are urged to participate by telephone at: 866-469-3239 (toll-free in the U.S. and Canada). Enter passcode: 925 246 988.

Why: The workshop, publicly noticed December 29, 2009, will provide an opportunity for all interested parties and the public to discuss the responses submitted by the applicant to staff's previous data requests in several technical areas, including public health and air quality, soil and water resources and other technical area as needed. Based on the workshop dialogue, written comments and additional information gathered, Energy Commission staff will publish a Preliminary Staff Assessment on the planned facility.

What: The project, planned by the Watson Cogeneration Company in the City of Carson 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.

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 BP Watson project is available at:

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