Hanford Energy Park
Emergency Peaker Project
01-EP-07 (Application For Certification)
01-EP-7C (Compliance Proceeding)
Project Status: Licensed; In Compliance Phase. Operational: September 3, 2001
Applicant: GWF Power Systems Company, Inc.
Location: Hanford, Calif., Kings County
Size: 95-megawatt (MW) Peaking Power Plant
GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT
This proposed 95-megawatt (MW) simple-cycle natural gas-fired power plant at the Hanford Energy Park (HEP) in Hanford, Kings County, California, is designated the Hanford Energy Park Peaker (HEPP). GWF Power Systems Company, Inc. (GWF) is applying to the California Energy Commission to construct and operate the HEPP plant at the HEP, immediately adjacent to the existing GWF Hanford cogeneration plant just north of Idaho Avenue, between the existing GWF facility to the west and the Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway tracks to the east.
The project owner is GWF Power Systems Company, Inc., 4300 Railroad Avenue, Pittsburg, California 94565, Tel. (925) 431-1444, Fax. (925) 431-0515.
GWF Power Systems Company, Inc. will construct, own, and operate the HEPP plant. GWF is wholly owned by National Energy Partners (NEP). NEP is a partnership owned equally by Harbert Cogen, Inc. and PSEG Global USA Inc.
The HEPP plant will be a 95-MW net (May-October operations) natural gas-fired simple cycle power plant, with a 115-kilovolt (kV) switchyard and approximately 1.2 miles of 115-kV transmission line. The plant will consist of two (2) General Electric LM6000 PC Sprints gas turbine generators that will generate 95-MW under annual average atmospheric conditions. The LM6000 PC Sprints is a single gas turbine utilized to drive an electric generator. The modular power plant is equipped with a self-contained cooling system and inlet-air filtration system as well as air inlet and exhaust silencers. The control system is fully computerized and will be operated from the adjacent control room in GWF's Hanford cogeneration plant. The LM6000 PC Sprints are modular in design and will be installed with enclosures around the CTG and generator on foundations designed to Seismic Zone 3 standards and conforming to site soil conditions. The other structures are the air-inlet stack and the SCR and oxidation catalyst. These structures will be designed to conform with Seismic Zone 3 standards.
Energy Commission Facility Certification Process
The California Energy Commission is the lead agency (for licensing thermal power plants 50 megawatts and larger) under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and has a certified regulatory program under CEQA. Under its certified program, the Energy Commission is exempt from having to prepare an environmental impact report. Its certified program, however, does require environmental analysis of the project, including an analysis of alternatives and mitigation measures to minimize any significant adverse effect the project may have on the environment.
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