Report Volume XXIV, Number 11 February 1, 2013

January 31, 2013

 

INDUSTRY NEWS (Beesleys Point, NJ) – The owners of the B.L. England power plant are seeking support from the township to apply for permits from the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Board of Public Utilities (BPU) to build a 22-mile natural gas pipeline from Millville to Beesleys Point.

The pipeline is part of $400 million in planned improvements to convert the coal and oil power plant to natural gas.

Township engineer Paul Dietrich said the power plant’s owner, R.C. Cape May, a subsidiary of Texas-based Rockland Co., will have to get permission from the township before it applies for permits. The path of the pipeline will travel through some Pinelands areas and private property.

“They’ll eventually have to negotiate with us for some easements,” Dietrich said.  Permitting could take up to a year, he said.

Members of Upper Township Committee said they will vote on a resolution supporting the plan at a future meeting.

B.L. England is the oldest coal-fired power plant in the state. It has a 130 MW coal boiler, built in 1962, and a 160 MW boiler, built in 1964. It also has an oil burning generator.

The DEP required the power plant’s owners to complete pollution control upgrades by May of last year. The plan to convert B.L. England to natural gas would meet the DEP’s requirement, and would make it one of the cleanest power generators in the country, according to officials.

Rockland Co. purchased B.L. England for $12 million from Conectiv Power in 2006.

 

 

NEWS (Town of Westfield, WI) – Tons of waste generated by about 9,100 cows on an Adams County dairy farm could be turned into electricity to help operate a Marquette County food processing plant.

But the Westfield Town Board Monday took a cautious approach to a request from Clean Energy North America to allow digging under town roads, to build a 15-mile pipeline that would carry gases from the bovine excrement to the Brakebush Brothers plant.

Rather than granting the request from CENA Vice President Murray Sim for permission to excavate, the Town Board asked for:

• Some indication that landowners along the pipeline’s preferred route are in favor of granting easements for the pipeline.

• Proof that the town would not bear any liability if the pipeline were damaged, or if the pipeline’s eventual owners were to go out of business.

• A show of support for the project from the Marquette County Board of Supervisors.

“I’m not against the project. Don’t get me wrong,” said Town Supervisor Tom Lyon. “But I’m not going to jeopardize our town.”

According to Sim, there is no firm route established for the pipeline, which would carry gas (extracted from manure at a yet-to-be-built plant at the New Chester Dairy near Grand Marsh in Adams County) to a generator at Brakebush, also not yet built.

CENA would develop the pipeline, but it would have owners and investors other than CENA.

The electricity generated would be for Brakebush only, and would not go onto the power grid.

The pipe would not carry only gases and not manure or other solid or liquid animal wastes, Sim said. However, he noted that the process of extracting the gases from the manure would rid the sludge of most of its odor, while retaining nutrients for fertilizing fields.

Sim said plans call for beginning construction of the pipeline and accompanying plants this spring, if all required approvals are attained. The plants at the New Chester Dairy and at Brakebush would need air quality permits from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, he said, and the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin would have oversight as to the design and construction of the pipeline.

The “preferred route” for the pipeline, he said, would run, generally, from County Highway A to Evergreen Avenue to County Highway J to Fawn Avenue. But where the route would end up going, he said, would depend on which landowners along the roads are willing to be grant easements,Affected landowners have been sent letters, Sim said.

He said it’s a “chicken or egg” question as to what the company should seek first — the Town Board’s authorization to dig, or the blessing of affected landowners.

Another entity that should have a say first, said Town Supervisor Jeff Buchholz, is the Marquette County Board of Supervisors.

Robin Buchholz, a Marquette County supervisor (and Jeff Buchholz’s brother), said the matter is not on the agenda for today’s County Board meeting, though it is likely to be discussed at the County Board’s February meeting.

 

 

INDUSTRY NEWS (Houston, TX) – NiSource Gas Transmission & Storage recently announced the commencement of its Cameron Access Project by initiating a non-binding open season to transport abundant supplies from various basins directly into the Cameron LNG Terminal. The Cameron Access Project transports supplies from numerous basins, including Marcellus, Utica, Haynesville, Fayetteville, Gulf Coast, East Texas, Granite Wash and Barnett, and delivers them directly into Cameron’s LNG facility via a new pipeline for greater reliability. As we continue developing new business strategies for Columbia Gulf, NGT&S is competitively positioned to build another successful project linking supply to market.

The non-binding Open Season is to solicit interest in the Cameron Access Project, which is designed to facilitate the transportation of production as far north as the Marcellus for ultimate delivery and liquefaction at Sempra’s LNG terminal in Hackberry, La. The project offers customers abundant liquidity and supply with a connection to a strategic new market. Initial capacity will range between 450,000 dth and 1,200,000 dth with estimated transport rates of $.17 dth/d. The projected in-service date is July 1, 2017.

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