Thursday, July 23, 2015

DEP Regional Citizens' Roundtable Tours New Panda Patriot Natural Gas Power Plant

On July 20, DEP's Northcentral Regional Citizens' Roundtable held its annual group dinner and field trip to the new 829-megawatt Panda Patriot natural gas-fired power plant under construction in Clinton Township, Lycoming County.
The tour was conducted by Panda Construction Manager Shannon Poulter, and two other members of his staff.
Plant construction began in December 2013 and is expected to be substantially complete by mid-2016.
It is Panda's second plant being built in northcentral Pennsylvania. The other facility, Panda Liberty, is located in Asylum Township, Bradford County.
The Patriot plant has created approximately 500 construction jobs and will result in 27 direct jobs to operate the plant and 45 indirect jobs to support the plant. It will utilize the latest, most advanced emissions-control technology, making it one of the cleanest natural gas-fueled power plants in the U.S., and use Siemens H-class gas turbines — the world's first generation technology to achieve operating efficiencies of 60 percent.
The plant design will minimize sound using special blade designs, low-output motors and building enclosures and will be cooled with air rather than water, thus not drawing water from, or discharging water into, the Susquehanna River. This eliminates potential impacts to sensitive species in the watershed.
The combined-cycle plant is expected to supply the power needs of up to 1 million homes.
(Reprinted from the July 23 DEP News.  Click Here to sign up for your own copy.)

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