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PSE&G BEGINS CONSTRUCTION ON BERGEN GENERATING STATION REPOWERING PROJECT

 NEWARK, N.J., April 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) officially started construction today on the repowering of its Bergen Generating Station, a project that will modernize the station, located in Ridgefield, with the cleanest, most efficient electric generating technology available.
 N.J. Commissioner of Environmental Protection and Energy Scott Weiner joined PSE&G Chairman E. James Ferland in marking start of work on the project, which is scheduled for completion in 1995. PSE&E President Lawrence R. Codey, Ridgefield Mayor Stewart Veale, state legislators, and county and local officials also participated.
 The repowering project involves installation of state-of-the-art natural gas fired, combined cycle electric generating equipment. When completed the station will produce 650 megawatts of electricity while dramatically reducing air and water emissions. Fuel costs will be reduced by approximately 50 percent.
 Ferland said the Bergen project "will help ensure our customers and New Jersey a source of environmentally sound, low-cost energy well into the next century."
 The new technology, Ferland said, will cut ozone-producing nitrogen oxide emissions by more than 10,000 tons per year, a reduction of more than 90 percent. In addition, sulfur dioxide emissions will be cut by 85 percent and emissions of other airborne pollutants will be substantially reduced. The station's capacity will increase by 80 megawatts, enough energy to serve 64,000 residential customers, while fuel costs will be reduced by approximately $30 million a year, savings which will be passed through to customers.
 The project also will eliminate the discharge of heated water into the Hackensack River. The station, in an innovative arrangement with Bergen County, will use recycled, treated waste water from a nearby sewage treatment plant to cool generating equipment. This will eliminate consumptive use of water from Overpeck Creek and also reduce the amount of waste water discharged into the Hackensack River.
 Ferland said the Bergen repowering project will help PSE&G meet voluntary goals of reducing overall nitrogen oxide emissions 60 percent by the year 1995 and 80 percent by the year 2000.
 Construction cost of the project is estimated at $400 million.
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 /CONTACT: Neil Brown, Corporate Communications, Public Service Electric and Gas Company, 201-430-6017/


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