For Immediate Release: September 22, 2011
Media Contact: Sandy Louey - 916-654-4989


Workshop on September 28 for Watson Cogeneration
Steam and Electric Reliability Project

Sacramento - The California Energy Commission staff will hold a workshop on the proposed Watson Cogeneration Steam and Electric Reliability Project. The public is invited to participate.

When: Wednesday, September 28, 2011, beginning at 11 a.m.

Where: Carson Community Center, 801 East Carson Street, Carson, California Arrangements have been made for people unable to attend to participate by telephone. Call 1-877-973-6327 and enter pass code 8045328.

Why: The purpose of the workshop is to allow the applicant, Energy Commission staff, interested agencies and members of the public to discuss the Energy Commission's final staff assessment (FSA), which was published August 31, 2011.

In the 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 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 applicable LORS. The FSA provides the detailed environmental impact assessment required by California Environmental Quality Act.

What: 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 by adding a combustion turbine generator/heat recovery steam generator. That would increase the capacity of the existing 385-megawatt Watson Cogeneration Facility by 85 megawatts to a total output of 470 MW. 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 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.

More information about the project can be found at:

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