UPPER TOWNSHIP, NJ – May 13, 2013 — The Upper Township committee has approved construction of a 22-mile natural gas pipeline from Millville to Beesley’s Point, New Jersey using town land. The pipeline will be constructed by South Jersey Gas to deliver natural gas to the BL England power plant in Beesley’s Point as part of its $400 million conversion from coal and oil to natural gas. It will also reinforce the fuel supply to 60,000 customers in Cape May County, all of whom are currently served by a single pipe. The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities also granted approval on April 29.
Following the completion of the natural gas conversion in 2016, the 615 MW BL England facility will have advanced pollution controls and be one of the cleanest and most efficient combined-cycle gas plants in the country. The repowering will achieve several goals of New Jersey’s Energy Master Plan, including expanding New Jersey’s in-state electric generation, providing a solution to the retirement of the Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station, and, together with the gas pipeline, expanding natural gas infrastructure to southeastern New Jersey. The reuse of the existing BL England site also maximizes the use of existing resources and minimizes the environmental impact of the facility.
“We are excited to be building this state-of-the-art facility at the existing BL England site. The new plant will provide a clean and efficient long-term solution for New Jersey’s energy needs. The State of New Jersey and Upper Township have been extremely supportive of this project, and we look forward to continuing our partnership in the years to come,” said Jim Maiz, Partner of Rockland Capital.
About Rockland Capital
Rockland Capital, a private equity firm founded in 2003, is focused on the acquisition, optimization and development of companies and projects in the North American power sector. The firm manages Rockland Power Partners and Rockland Capital Energy Investments and has offices in Houston and New York. For further information visit www.rocklandcapital.com.