A technical rendering of the Birdsboro Power Plant
BIRDSBORO PA – If you look to the westward skies next week and see a steam cloud billowing over Birdsboro, don’t be alarmed. It’s just the Birdsboro Power Plant, being built on Armorcast Road and due to open in May, as it enters its “normal steam blow stage of commissioning,” its owners announced Tuesday (Jan. 29, 2019).
The $500 million electric power facility constructed by a private investment firm, Ares EIF, relies on a gas turbine generator. It produces steam to create up to 485 megawatts of electricity daily.
Early February testing of the facility to certify production readiness will result in “elevated noise levels” and “visual steam accumulation” continuously for a seven-day period over both day and night shifts, according to the company.
The noise should be minimized, in part, by specially installed “low pressure, continuous steam-exiting silencers,” it said. “Every effort will be made to minimize the impacts to neighboring communities,” the company added.
“Continuous steam entering the atmosphere will be seen during the duration of the steam blow testing. This is not representative of normal operation, and will only be seen during this testing time frame. Although silencers will be used to minimize noise, elevated noise levels are typical with this testing,” according to a statement it issued.
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