NEWARK, N.J., Aug. 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- PSEG Power announced today that Sewaren 7, a new 540-MW, dual-fuel combined-cycle power plant has cleared PJM's Reliability Pricing Model Base Residual Auction. PSEG Power will work to secure permits and expects to begin construction on the highly-efficient generating plant in early 2016. The plant, which represents an investment of more than $600 million, is targeted to be completed and supplying needed energy to New Jersey and the region in time for summer of 2018.
The Sewaren 7 plant will be constructed at PSEG Power's existing Sewaren Generating Station site in Woodbridge, New Jersey, replacing Sewaren Units 1, 2, 3 & 4, which will be retired after almost 70 years of providing energy to the region. In repowering an existing generating site, PSEG Power will be able to take advantage of existing infrastructure.
Sewaren 7 will represent a major investment in the local and regional economy. The plant will bring significant tax revenue to Woodbridge Township, as well as other economic benefits. The plant will run primarily on natural gas, but also will be able to run on ultra-low-sulfur distillate (ULSD) fuel oil as a back-up, supporting fuel diversity and exceptional dependability. Sewaren 7 will be well positioned to supply power for the Capacity Performance market due to its dual-fuel capability and high level of reliability.
"PSEG is excited to be expanding our role in providing cleaner, more reliable energy to the New Jersey region with the construction of a combined-cycle plant in Woodbridge Township. It is a true win for Woodbridge and the state, not just adding to the reliability of the energy grid, but creating jobs, tax revenues and general economic activity to the region, " said Rich Lopriore, president of PSEG Fossil. "We look forward to working with Woodbridge Township to move this project forward."
"The Sewaren 7 combined-cycle plant will add highly-efficient generating capacity to the region, supporting electric system reliability, and providing environmental and economic benefits," said Woodbridge Mayor John E. McCormac. "Woodbridge Township fully endorses PSEG's proposed project, and welcomes continued economic investment at the Sewaren site."
The combined-cycle plant will use clean, state-of-the-art generating technology, including a full complement of emissions controls. The plant will be built primarily by union labor and is expected to generate approximately 350 jobs during the two-year construction phase. The plant will employ up to 28 full-time workers once it becomes operational.
PJM's capacity market, called the Reliability Pricing Model, is used to meet long-term supply reliability by procuring the appropriate amount of power supply resources needed to meet predicted energy demand three years in the future.
For more information, visit the Sewaren 7 Generating Station website at: https://www.pseg.com/family/power/fossil/stations/sewaren7.jsp.
PSEG Power is an independent power producer that owns a generating portfolio of more than 11,700 MWs. PSEG Fossil, a subsidiary of PSEG Power, operates the company's portfolio of gas, coal and oil-fired generating units. Through its affiliate, PSEG Energy Resources & Trade LLC, PSEG Power sells electricity in the wholesale market.
PSEG, a nationally-recognized leader on environmental issues, has always worked diligently to conduct its business in concert with the environment. PSEG has been an industry leader in tackling climate change and an outspoken supporter of creating a national framework for reducing power plant carbon emissions. Since 2007, the company has used a three-pronged strategy of energy efficiency, renewable energy and clean central station power to reduce its carbon footprint. PSEG has invested more than $3 billion in support of that strategy.
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