Air permits approved for Hannibal plant

HANNIBAL — The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday that Ohio River Partners, New York, N.Y., has received permits related to air quality emissions for the construction of a 485-megawatt natural gas fired electric-generating facility.

The plant will be located at the former Ormet site.

The facility had already received its permits to construct the power plant at Center Port Terminal in Monroe County from the Ohio Power Siting Board, but the project was stalled until it received the Air Permit-to-Install from the OEPA.

The OEPA held a public hearing for the project on Oct. 25, and the permit application was added to its “rush list.”

The ” Air Permit-to-Install” specifically allows for the installation of emissions units, including a combustion turbine with a heat recovery stream generator and duct burners, auxiliary boiler, emergency diesel generator engine, emergency fire pump engine and an eight-cell mechanical draft low-mist wet cooling tower.

“The air pollution control permit-to-install gives the company permission to construct the air pollution source (the plant). However, Ohio EPA is currently processing a wastewater discharge permit application for the facility. The company needs to have that permit, along with the air pollution control permit, before beginning construction of the structure,” said Dina Pierce, media coordinator for Ohio EPA’s Northwest and Southwest Districts

The Ohio River Partners Hannibal Power Facility is estimated to cost the project owners between $450 million and $500 million in capital investment, will generate 300-350 on-site construction jobs, and a permanent staff of 20 highly skilled workers.

“We are very pleased that the air permit has been issued,” said Lou Gentile, principal at Vorys Advisors, a consultant for the company, Ohio River Partners Sharholders LLC- Hannibal Power.

“This is a significant step forward. We are very grateful for the overwhelming support we have received from local community leaders and the Building and Construction Trades Council,” he added.

Staff Writer Shelley Hanson contributed to this report.