Daily Rules, Proposed Rules, and Notices of the Federal Government
On September 4, 2012, FFP Project 71, LLC filed an application for a preliminary permit, pursuant to section 4(f) of the Federal Power Act (FPA), proposing to study the feasibility of a hydropower project located on the Mississippi River, near Chatham, in Washington County, Mississippi and Chicot County, Arkansas. The sole purpose of a preliminary permit, if issued, is to grant the permit holder priority to file a license application during the permit term. A preliminary permit does not authorize the permit holder to perform any land-disturbing activities or otherwise enter upon lands or waters owned by others without the owners' express permission.
The proposed Matthews Bend hydrokinetic project would consist of the following: (1) Up to 3,524 SmarTurbine generating units installed in arrays on the bottom of the river; (2) the total capacity of the installation would be up to 140,960 kilowatts; (3) flexible cables would convey each arrays power to a metering station; and (4) a transmission line would interconnect with the power grid. The proposed project would have an average annual generation of 320,575,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh), which would be sold to a local utility.
Deadline for filing comments, motions to intervene, competing applications (without notices of intent), or notices of intent to file competing applications: 60 days from the issuance of this notice. Competing applications and notices of intent must meet the requirements of 18 CFR 4.36. Comments, motions to intervene, notices of intent, and competing applications may be filed electronically via the Internet. See 18 CFR 385.2001(a)(1)(iii) and the instructions on the Commission's Web site
More information about this project, including a copy of the application, can be viewed or printed on the "eLibrary" link of Commission's Web site at