TUNKHANNOCK — A company planning small gas-fired power plants met Wednesday with gas-savvy residents and officials who have learned much about living with well pads, compressors and pipelines.
Now, they’re considering living next to electrical plants, including the small, distributed power systems IMG Midstream LLC plans to build in Bradford, Susquehanna and Wyoming counties.
Five IMG representatives had plenty of details for them about the first of seven $20-million facilities — Oxbow Creek Energy LLC on Henry-Holod Road in Nicholson Twp.
Oxbow Creek will burn natural gas from nearby gathering systems in five Jenbacher J624 engines, feeding electricity into the grid from an adjacent substation. Each engine has between 4- and 5-megawatt capacity for a combined 19.9 megawatts.
“The whole premise for us and our company is to create new markets, to keep gas here, to form it into a kind of energy that can be used locally and regionally,” managing director and board member Ron Kiecana said.
Though not required in its air permit from the state Department of Environmental Protection, Oxbow Creek will use an oxidation catalyst and selective catalytic reduction on each engine to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides, sulfur oxides, carbon monoxide and volatile organic hydrocarbons.
The only chemicals used on-site will be engine oil, coolant and urea. Urea is for the selective catalytic reduction system, operations manager Joe Broadwater said.
Though Wyoming County does not have a noise ordinance, IMG is adopting Susquehanna County’s ordinance of 50 decibels at the nearest residence. It will insulate the building’s walls, put baffles on inlets and outlets, use a silencer on the exhaust and employ hospital-grade radiators, project development and environmental services manager Chris Wissel-Tyson said.
The plant could be shut down automatically, remotely or manually at the site, Broadwater said.
For more than a year, the company has tinkered with these details with officials and residents. The process has spawned many changes, with IMG even swapping Wartsila engines for Jenbachers, made by GE.
On Wednesday, residents still had questions and concerns for IMG.
Some asked if the projects would lower electrical rates. Kiecana said because no more transmission infrastructure would be needed, passing costs to ratepayers, the generators should help suppress local rates.
One resident asked about if IMG plans secondary containment outside the plant for trucks loading fluids. Mr. Wissel-Tyson said no, but they could look into building a concrete loading area.
The Wyoming County Planning Commission will discuss Oxbow Creek on Wednesday, Aug. 20, at 7 p.m. in the Wyoming . IMG hopes to begin construction on that plant and Roundtop Energy LLC in Auburn Twp., Susquehanna County, this fall.
IMG is courting gas producers and power customers. So far, Chief Oil & Gas LLC is the only operator that has signed on, Kiecana said.