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Panda nears Pennsylvania approval for Liberty project air permitting

Panda Liberty natural gas-fired power plant in Pennsylvania

by Barry Cassell, Chief Analyst for GenerationHub

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection said in a notice published in the April 19 Pennsylvania Bulletin that it intends to issue an air permit approval for the Panda Liberty LLC power plant project in Bradford County.

The permit is for the proposed, gas-fired Panda Liberty Power Project in Asylum Township, Bradford County. This Title V facility is subject to the Acid Rain Requirements of Title IV of the Clean Air Act. The Acid Rain Permit will cover the two combined cycle combustion turbine units at the facility.

The proposed permit will become effective 180 days from the commencement of commercial operation date and expire five years from the issued date. The Acid Rain Permit will be incorporated into the initial Title V operating permit for the facility. A public hearing may be held, if the Department of Environmental Protection, in its discretion, decides that a hearing is warranted based on the information received.

Panda Power Funds announced in August 2013 that it had completed the acquisition and successful financing of Moxie Energy’s planned 829-MW natural gas-fueled, combined-cycle Liberty plant in Bradford County. When completed, the Liberty project will be the first new power plant in Pennsylvania specifically developed to take advantage of its proximity to the Marcellus Shale gas formation. Panda’s website says that project construction began in August 2013 and that one unit is due for substantial completion in January 2016 and another unit in March 2016. The website said the project is using Siemens H-class gas turbines – the world’s first generation technology to achieve operating efficiencies of 60%.