Information hearing and site visit to be held July 12 for Hydrogen Energy California Project

SACRAMENTO – The California Energy Commission committee reviewing the proposed Hydrogen Energy California (HECA) project will hold a site visit and informational hearing.

When: Thursday, July 12, 2012, beginning at 5 p.m.

Where: Elk Hills School, 501 Kern Street, Tupman, California

Before the hearing, the public is invited to join the committee on a tour of the proposed site. Transportation to the site leaves the school at 5 p.m. The informational hearing and environmental scoping meeting starts at 6 p.m.

Reservations for the site visit should be made before July 6 by contacting the Commission’s Public Adviser’s Office at (916) 654-4489 or 1-800-822-6228 or email

Arrangements have been made for people unable to attend the hearing to participate by telephone and/or by computer. For details, click here and scroll to page 8.

Why: The hearing will provide an opportunity for the public to obtain information, offer comments, and to view the project site. The applicant will explain the plans for the project, while staff from the Commission and the U.S. Department of Energy will explain the licensing process and their roles in reviewing the project. The meeting will serve as the public scoping meeting for DOE’s National Environmental Policy Act review. The scoping process establishes the issues that DOE should analyze in its environmental impact statement.

What: The HECA project, proposed by Hydrogen Energy California, LLC, is an integrated gasification combined cycle power plant that plans to manufacture hydrogen to generate 300 megawatts of electricity and to produce low-carbon nitrogen-based products such as fertilizer. SCS Energy California, LLC, which acquired the project in 2011, filed an amended application for certification with the Commission in May 2012 after redesigning key aspects of the project.

The project would be located on a 453-acre site currently used for agricultural purposes. The site is located about seven miles west of Bakersfield near the town of Tupman in western Kern County.

The project would use a gasification technology to convert coal and petroleum coke to produce hydrogen. The hydrogen-rich syngas fuel would be used to generate electricity and produce other products. The amended project includes a manufacturing facility that would produce urea in liquid and pellet form and other products for agricultural and manufacturing uses.

The proposed plant would capture about 90 percent of the carbon dioxide produced from the gasification process and transport it for use at the adjacent Elk Hills Oil Field for enhanced oil recovery and sequestration. Occidental of Elk Hills, Inc. owns and operates the field.

If the Commission approves the project, construction would begin June
2013 with commercial operation in September 2017, according to the applicant.

More information about the HECA project can be found at:

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