California Energy Commission Letterhead

Application for Certification for the
WATSON COGENERATION STEAM AND
ELECTRICITY RELIABILITY PROJECT


DOCKET NO. 09-AFC-1

 

Notice of Energy Commission Staff Data Response and Issues Resolution Workshop for the Watson Cogeneration Steam and Electric Reliability Project (09-AFC-1)

The California Energy Commission (Energy Commission staff) will conduct a data response workshop for the Watson Cogeneration Steam and Electric Reliability (BP Watson) project on October 14, 2009. The purpose of the workshop is to discuss Watson Cogeneration Company's responses to the Energy Commission's data requests and to facilitate the resolution of related issues and concerns. All interested agencies and members of the public are invited to participate. The workshop will be held:

Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Starting at 9:00 am

California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street
Fourth Floor
North Conference Room A
Sacramento, CA 95814-5512

(Wheelchair Accessible)
(Map to Location)

To participate in the meeting by telephone,
please call: 1-866-469-3239
(toll-free in the U.S. and Canada)
Enter passcode: 922 519 832

PURPOSE

The Energy Commission is currently reviewing Watson Cogeneration Company's Application for Certification for the proposed development of BP Watson. To facilitate its review of the Application for Certification, the Energy Commission published data requests on September 1, 2009 for the following technical areas: air quality, public health, socioeconomics, soil and water resources, waste management, and visual resources.

The October 14, 2009 Data Response and Issues Resolution workshop will focus on Watson Cogeneration Company's September 28, 2009 data responses, additional data responses to be provided by October 28, 2009 and the resolution of related issues and concerns. Following the workshop, staff will consider the responses and comments it receives, submit a second round of data requests, if it deems necessary, and publish a Preliminary Staff Assessment containing a preliminary analysis of issues and recommendations for mitigation and conditions of certification.

Summary of the Proposed BP Watson Project
On March 19, 2009, Watson Cogeneration Company filed an Application for Certification with the Energy Commission for the addition of 85-megawatts (MWs) to the existing Watson Cogeneration facility within the confines of the BP Carson Refinery. The existing facility has four General Electric (GE) 7EA combustion turbine generators (CTG), four heat recovery steam generators (HRSG) and two steam turbine generators (STG). In operation since 1988, the existing cogeneration facility is owned by Watson Cogeneration Company and operated by BP West Coast Products, LLC - BP Carson Refinery. Watson is a joint partnership between subsidiaries of BP America and Edison Mission Energy. Since the project consists of adding a fifth CTG/HRSG to the existing configuration, it is also referred to as the "fifth train." This fifth train would increase the existing capacity of the 385-megawatt (MW) Watson Cogeneration Facility by approximately 85 MW to a total output of 470 MW.

The project site is located within the boundary of the existing Watson Cogeneration Facility, which is a 21.7-acre area and is part of a larger parcel containing the BP Carson Refinery. The project site is located in the City of Carson, approximately 0.7 mile south of the 405 Freeway, roughly bounded by East 223rd Street to the north, Wilmington Avenue to the west, East Sepulveda Boulevard to the south, and South Alameda Street to the east. The Construction Laydown and Parking Area is a paved 25-acre parcel located approximately 1 mile southeast of the Project Site, and is located at 2149 East Sepulveda Boulevard.

California Energy Commission Licensing Authority
The Energy Commission is responsible for reviewing and ultimately approving or denying all applications for construction and operation of thermal electric power plants, 50 MW and greater, proposed for construction in California. The Energy Commission's facility certification process carefully examines public health and safety, environmental impacts and engineering aspects of proposed power plants, and all related facilities such as electric transmission lines and natural gas and water pipelines. The Energy Commission is the lead agency under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and because the siting process is a certified regulatory program, the commission produces several environmental and decision documents rather than an Environmental Impact Report.

Public Resources, Contact Information and Additional Sources for Information
If you desire information on how to participate in the Energy Commission's review of the proposed project, please contact the Energy Commission's Public Adviser at (916) 654-4489 or toll free in California at (800) 822-6228 or by email at publicadviser@energy.state.ca.us. For general or technical questions on the project, please contact Alan Solomon, Project Manager at (916) 653-8236 or by e-mail at asolomon@energy.state.ca.us or Kevin Le, Associate Project Manager at (916) 651-2902, or by email at kle@energy.state.ca.us.

To request reasonable accommodations for those persons with disabilities, please contact Lourdes Quiroz, the Energy Commission's Equal Employment Opportunity Officer at lquiroz@energy.state.ca.us or by telephone at (916) 654-5146. For those persons with limited English knowledge, please request interpreter services by contacting the Project Manager at least 5 days in advance of the workshop.

The status of the project, copies of notices, and other relevant documents are available on the Energy Commission's web site at http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/watson/. You can subscribe to receive e-mail notification of all notices at http://www.energy.ca.gov/listservers/.

News media inquiries should be directed to Assistant Director, Susanne Garfield, at (916) 654-4989, or by email at mediaoffice@energy.state.ca.us.

Sincerely,

Date: September 29, 2009


________/ SIGNED /________

Terrence O'Brien, Deputy Director
Siting, Transmission and Environmental Protection Division