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Power Plant Using Marcellus Gas Approved

Brian Hicks

Written By Brian Hicks

Posted October 12, 2012

The Department of Environmental Protection approved Moxie Liberty LLC of Vienna, Va., giving it the go-ahead for constructing the first power plant in Pennsylvania that’ll run in part on locally-sourced gas from the Marcellus Shale. The plant is to generate 936 MW of electricity and will be built in Bradford County. It’s also expected to create 500 jobs during the process.


“It is a red-letter day for Pennsylvania,” DEP Secretary Mike Krancer said. “With this approval, Moxie now has all that it needs from DEP to move forward with the construction of this historic facility, which will use clean, pipeline-quality, locally produced natural gas as fuel.”

This project involves the construction of two power blocks – comprising a gas turbine and a steam turbine – and each combined cycle will produce around 468 MW of power.

The blocks will also include a heat recovery steam generator and duct burners. Waste heat will be converted into steam and sent to the turbines, and a large air-cooled condenser will then convert the steam back into condensed water to be sent back to the heat recovery steam generators, as explains.

Part of the approval process involved Moxie performing air quality analyses for review by the DEP; the system passed all tests. The DEP also approved the use of water produced by the plant as drinking water.

Once the facility is complete, 30 full-time jobs will be available.

A similar plan by Moxie Patriot LLC, sister company to Moxie Liberty, is currently under review. It proposes a similar facility in Lycoming County.

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