For Immediate Release: August 31, 2011
Media Contact: Sandy Louey - 916-654-4989


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

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

In the final staff assessment (FSA), Energy Commission 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 (LORS).

The project, which is planned by the Watson Cogeneration Company, will increase and improve the reliability of the steam supply and electric power at the BP Carson 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.

Construction is expected to last 26 months. Eighty construction workers would be required during peak construction in the twelfth month. No additional full-time employees will be required when the project is operational.

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 (Los Angeles County). The 21.7-acre facility supplies steam to and is integral to the adjacent BP Carson Refinery.

The full document is available at the Energy Commission's website at:

The FSA is not a decision or proposed decision on the project. The document represents the Energy Commission staff's independent assessment of the project's potential impacts on the environment, public health and safety, and its compliance with all LORS. The FSA provides the detailed environmental impact assessment required by California Environmental Quality Act.

The document will serve as the Energy Commission staff's testimony at evidentiary hearings that the committee of two commissioners reviewing the proposed project will hold. Following the hearings, the committee will prepare the Presiding Member's Proposed Decision, and after a 30-day comment period, will recommend to the full Energy Commission about whether or not to approve the proposed project.

More information about the project can be found at:

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