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EFSEC TO CONDUCT SITE STUDY FOR PROPOSED WEYERHAEUSER COGENERATION PROJECT

 EFSEC TO CONDUCT SITE STUDY FOR PROPOSED
 WEYERHAEUSER COGENERATION PROJECT
 OLYMPIA, Wash., April 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) today accepted a request from the Weyerhaeuser Co. to conduct a potential site study of a proposed 420-megawatt electrical cogeneration project at its Longview facility.
 The potential site study will identify the key environmental issues relating to Weyerhaeuser's proposed cogeneration project which will use gas-fired combustion turbines to produce both electricity and steam. The steam will first be used to create additional electricity and then for industrial uses in Weyerhaeuser's pulp, paper, and newsprint mills.
 EFSEC Chair Bob Waldo noted that, "The potential site study will be designed to look at the proposed cogeneration facility's level of environmental impact, provide the people of Cowlitz County an opportunity to comment on the project, and lay the groundwork for an EFSEC review of the application which is expected next fall."
 The study will take about four months to complete. The council's next step will be to issue a request for proposals to hire an independent consultant to conduct the study. The potential site study will help identify environmental issues and other possible concerns prior to Weyerhaeuser's submitting an application to construct and operate the project.
 Weyerhaeuser is teaming up with Mission Energy Co. of Irvine, Calif., on the project. Initial design consists of four gas-fired combustion turbines and one steam-driven turbine with a designed maximum electrical output of 420 megawatts. The excess steam will be used for industrial purposes in Weyerhaeuser's Longview Industrial facilities and could replace 6 to 9 older steam boilers currently using oil or wood for fuel.
 Based on the results of the potential site study, Weyerhaeuser may proceed with an application to EFSEC next fall. Once an application is submitted, EFSEC will begin an extensive review of the proposal prior to submitting a recommendation to the governor.
 EFSEC is made up of a citizen chair appointed by the governor and representatives of 13 state agencies. During an application, it is augmented by representatives from cities, counties, or port districts affected by a particular energy project.
 In accordance with state law, Weyerhaeuser delivered the required $10,000 filing fee along with its request for a potential site study. The council will apply the filing fee to the cost of the study.
 For more information, contact Allen Fiksdal at 206-956-2152 or Jason Zeller at 206-956-2047.
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 /CONTACT: Allen Fiksdal of EFSEC, 206-956-2152/ CO: EFSEC; Weyerhaeuser ST: Washington IN: OIL PAP SU:


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