For Immediate Release: December 17, 2010
Media Contact: Sandy Louey - 916-654-4989


Preliminary Staff Assessment Released on Watson Cogeneration
Steam and Electric Reliability Project

SACRAMENTO - The California Energy Commission staff today released its analysis of the proposed Watson Cogeneration Steam and Electric Reliability Project.

In its preliminary staff assessment (PSA), staff concluded that with the implementation of staff's recommended mitigation measures described in the conditions of certification, the proposed project would comply with all applicable laws, ordinances, regulations, and standards.

The PSA is available at:

The PSA serves as the staff's initial evaluation of the environmental, engineering, and public health and safety impacts of the proposed facility. The PSA is not a decision nor does it contain final findings of the Energy Commission related to the environmental impacts or the project's compliance with local, state, and federal legal requirements.

Staff plans to hold a public workshop on the PSA in January 2011 with the final staff assessment to be published March 2011. The FSA will include revised analysis, update the preliminary conclusions, and address all comments about the PSA. The FSA will serve as staff's testimony at the evidentiary hearings on the project to be scheduled by the Commission's hearing office and the committee of two commissioners reviewing the project.

The project, which is planned by the Watson Cogeneration Company, will increase and improve the reliability of the steam supply at the BP Watson Refinery. It plans to do so by increasing the capacity of the existing 385-megawatt Watson Cogeneration Facility by 85 megawatts with the addition of a combustion turbine generator. The Watson Cogeneration Company is a joint partnership between subsidiaries of BP America and Edison Mission Energy.

The project site consists of 2.5 acres within the boundary of the existing Watson Cogeneration Facility, which is located in the city of Carson in Los Angeles County. The 21.7-acre facility supplies steam to and is integral to the adjacent BP Watson Refinery.

More information about the project can be found at:

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