Construction to begin on 450-MW gas plant in Berks County

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The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has issued a series of permits for Birdsboro Power to begin construction of a 450 MW natural gas-fired power plant in Berks County.

In addition, the FERC approved a pipeline that would serve the gas plant, according to a report in Natural Gas Intelligence.

The DEP issued permits earlier this month covering construction of the plant, an electric transmission line to deliver generated power and a water pipeline. Late last month, the agency also issued the water quality certification (WQC) for a 13-mile DTE Midstream Appalachia LLC pipeline that would supply the plant in Berks County. DTE is to build a 12-inch diameter pipeline with a capacity of 79,000 Dth/d.

The plant, which would be built on the site of a former steel foundry. The plant is one of dozens that have been proposed or are under construction in the Appalachian Basin to take advantage of low cost natural gas.

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