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Energy Resources
Conservation and Development Commission

Notice of Receipt
Request to Amend the Energy Commission Decision for the
Sunrise Power Project (98-AFC-4), Simple-Cycle Operations
Injection Well Wastewater Disposal Option

On June 25, 2001, the California Energy Commission (Energy Commission) received a request from the Sunrise Power Company, LLC (SPC) to amend its wastewater disposal options in the Energy Commission Decision for the Sunrise Power Project (SPP). SPP is a 320MW simple-cycle natural gas power plant that was certified in December 2000, and that commenced commercial operation on June 27, 2001. The power plant is located approximately 35 miles southwest of Bakersfield, and one mile southwest of the intersection of State Route 33 and Shale Road in Kern County, California.

The simple-cycle operations were approved to deliver wastewater to the Texaco California Inc. (TCI) lease water system for TCIÕs use in its oilfield operations. TCI has determined that it can no longer use all of SPPÕs simple-cycle wastewater. SPC requests that the Energy Commission consider modifying the SPP Decision to allow for an injection well option for the disposal of simple-cycle wastewater. This will require the construction of 2.5 miles of pipeline from the plant site to two new underground injection wells that will be located approximately 1.5 miles north of the community of Fellows.

NOTE: The injection well wastewater disposal option will supplement another proposed option to deliver simple-cycle wastewater to TCIÕs softwater treatment plant. This option currently is in review by Energy Commission staff. Both of these wastewater disposal options also are included in the SPC amendment petition filed with the Energy Commission on May 11, 2001, to convert the SPP simple-cycle to combined-cycle operations ("Sunrise II"). The petition for combined-cycle operations currently is in environmental review, and a staff analysis is expected to be published in the next several weeks.


The purpose of the Energy Commission's review process is to assess the impacts of this proposal on environmental quality, public health and safety. The review process includes a determination that the project, as changed, will remain in compliance with applicable laws, ordinances, regulations, and standards (Title 20, California Code of Regulations, Section 1769). Energy Commission staff are currently analyzing the request and will publish an analysis in the next few weeks. As directed by GovernorÕs Executive Order D-25-01, concerning post-certification amendments, we will expedite review of this proposed project modification.

This Notice of Receipt is being mailed to interested parties and local property owners who may want to participate in the amendment process.

For further information on how to participate in this proceeding, please contact Ms. Roberta Mendonca, the Energy Commission's Public Adviser, at (916) 654-4489, or toll free in California at (800) 822-6228. If you require special accommodations, contact Robert Sifuentes, at (916) 654-5004. News media inquiries should be directed to Assistant Director, Claudia Chandler, at (916) 654-4989.

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