Ohio Power Siting Board approves plan to construct electric substation at
BP Husky Toledo Refinery
COLUMBUS, OHIO (March 22, 2010) – The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) today approved an agreement that allows BP-Husky Refining to construct an electric substation adjacent to the company’s oil refinery in Oregon, Ohio. BP-Husky plans to utilize the increased, more reliable electrical power enabled by the substation to maintain safe operations and expand the refinery.
On Sept. 23, 2009, BP-Husky filed an application with the OPSB for a certificate to construct the substation. On Jan. 5, 2010, following an investigation of the company’s application, OPSB staff filed a report recommending that the Board authorize construction at the company’s preferred site. The OPSB conducted a local public hearing in Oregon on Jan. 21, 2010.
On Jan. 26, 2010, BP-Husky and the OPSB staff filed an agreement that resolved the outstanding issues in the proceeding. The agreement, approved by the Board today, authorizes construction of the substation subject to 18 conditions that the company must meet to remediate the environmental and social impacts of the project.
BP-Husky expects to begin construction this spring and place the substation in service by May 2011 at a cost of approximately $11.5 million. The substation will connect to the transmission grid via 138 kilovolt (kV) lines owned by FirstEnergy.
Additional information regarding this project is available on the OPSB Web site at www.OPSB.ohio.gov.
The OPSB reviews applications for construction of large electric and natural gas facilities in Ohio. The 11-member board is comprised of representatives of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO), the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, the state departments of Development, Natural Resources, Agriculture and Health, the Ohio General Assembly, and the public. The Chairman of the PUCO also chairs the OPSB.