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Hill Top proposes combined-cycle plant in southwest Pennsylvania

HillTop Energy Center LLC has proposed a 536-MW natural gas, combined-cycle projecton the former site of a coal waste project in southwest Pennsylvania.

Thedeveloper filed an air quality permit applicationon April 5 with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for theproposed power plant, which will be located almost a mile north of Nemacolin inGreene County, Pa. According to the filing, construction is expected to beginin June 2017 and commercial operations would start in the last quarter of 2019.

Theproposed power plant is to be located on 41.7-acres of land on the site ofWellington Development Corp'sformer 525-MW coal waste-powered GreeneEnergy Resource Recovery project. The plant will use a advanced M501J combustion turbine coupled with a heat recoverysteam generator and a single steam turbine. The project will also use theMonongahela River for water intake and discharge and will include a 2.5-milecorridor for transmission interconnection and a natural gas pipeline.