rPlus Hydro, a subsidiary of US-based renewable energy firm rPlus Energies, has filed a draft licence application for the Seminoe Pumped Storage project in Wyoming.

The application was submitted to the state and federal agencies as part of the multi-year study and approval process for the proposed pumped hydro energy storage project, which will have up to 900MW of capacity.

The project will involve an investment of around $2.5bn and will be located around 35 miles north-east of Rawlins, Carbon County.

It is expected to create up to 500 ‘high-skilled’ construction jobs over a period of three to five years. Once operational, it will be the first pumped hydro storage project in Wyoming.

The Seminoe Pumped Storage project will also support 35 full-time jobs.

rPlus Hydro president Luigi Resta said: “rPlus Hydro is thrilled to take this next step in advancing the Seminoe Pumped Storage project in Wyoming, a state that is a rich source of energy production – especially in wind generation.

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“We are proud to be developing a project that will enable Wyoming to benefit from these emerging resources.

“This project also represents a significant economic opportunity to the local economy through increased jobs and tax revenues, in addition to enhancing and strengthening Wyoming’s energy infrastructure.”

The draft licence application gives an overview of the proposed project, including project configuration and design, maps, baseline studies and data, estimated costs, preliminary environmental analysis and proposed construction schedules.

The filing of the application initiates a 90-day agency review process to refine the proposal before the final licence application is submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Seminoe Pumped Storage programme manager Lars Dorr said: “Submittal of this Draft License Application marks the beginning of a robust review process, and we are confident that this process will ultimately result in the best outcomes for this project, the community, and for clean electric generation in Wyoming.”