Manhattan, NY -- A Manhattan developer has acquired permits to install a floating power plant the size of a yacht near Williamsburg.
The deal is awaiting approval from the Army Corps of Engineers, which has agreed to accept comments until April 30. Robert Perris of Brooklyn's Community Board 2 told The Gothamist that he heard about it secondhand in April 2016. Although, Sef Industries filed an application for the barge's installation in 2013. "This might have flown under the radar without any discourse about whether it's appropriate or not," Perris said. "We weren't provided with any information [by the Army Corps of Engineers]."
The barge would be 220 feet by 100 feet and moored on steel pipe piles. It would require an installation of 750 feet of utility pipeline about 40 feet below the low-tide line. It would be a floating 79.9 MW power plant and provide emergency electricity in the case of "catastrophic loss of power" in New York due to a natural disaster or terrorist attack.
Locals are concerned the barge will generate noise and air pollution. A similar barge exploded in Sunset Park in August 2012.
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