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PSE&G ANNOUNCES BERGEN GENERATING STATION MODERNIZATION PROJECT

 PSE&G ANNOUNCES BERGEN GENERATING STATION MODERNIZATION PROJECT
 NEWARK, N.J., Feb. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- With the objectives of improving air and water quality while continuing to meet the energy needs of New Jersey, Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) today announced plans to "repower" and modernize its Bergen Generating Station in Ridgefield.
 The plans call for installation of state-of-the-art combined cycle technology that will drastically reduce air and water emissions while making the station more energy-efficient and less costly to operate.
 The project will add 80 megawatts (MW) to the station's existing 570 MW capacity. PSE&G is proceeding with applications for necessary local, state, and federal permits. Construction is scheduled to begin late this year, with completion scheduled for the summer of 1995.
 Robert J. Dougherty Jr., PSE&G senior vice president-electric, said the Bergen repowering "represents an infrastructure investment that will improve environmental quality while producing significant economic benefits for our customers.
 "The improvement in operating efficiency will result in approximately $30 million a year in fuel savings that will be passed on to customers and will help ensure that the local and state economies are served by an adequate supply of electricity at the lowest possible cost."
 Dougherty said the plant modernization involves installation of new, natural gas-fired combustion turbines, generators, and heat recovery steam generators (HRSGs). The station's existing steam turbine generators will remain but will be driven by steam generated from waste heat captured in the HRSGs.
 Dougherty said "numerous environmental benefits will result from installation of the combined-cycle technology. The nitrogen oxide emission rate will be reduced by 95 percent. Sulfur dioxide and particulate emission rates will also be reduced. Mechanical draft cooling will both dramatically reduce the amount of Hackensack River water needed for cooling and the thermal impact on the river. In addition, the plant will be over 50 percent more efficient -- that is it will provide 50 percent more kilowatthours using the same amount of fuel."
 Dougherty said the project will generate approximately 550 jobs during construction and can be expected to result in additional economic activity for local businesses.
 PSE&G, Dougherty said, is committed to keeping local residents and officials informed about the project. He said PSE&G will schedule public meetings in Ridgefield where residents will be able to examine a scale model of the project, obtain additional information, and have any questions answered.
 The cost for the project is estimated at $430 million.
 Built in 1959, the Bergen Generating Station is located on 110 acres in Ridgefield near Overpeck Creek, the N.J. Meadowlands, the N.J. Turnpike, and Teterboro Airport. Its two existing steam units, which can burn oil or natural gas, can produce 570 MW of electricity. About 165 PSE&G employees work at the station.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: A chart illustrating combined cycle conversion is available upon request./
 /CONTACT: Neil Brown of Public Service Electric and Gas, 201-430-6017/
 (PEG) CO: Public Service Electric and Gas Company ST: New Jersey IN: OIL SU:


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