January 27, 1972
Mr. Dale Twachtmann, Executive Director
Southwest Florida Water Management District,
P. O. Box 457,
Brooksville, Fla. 33512
Dear Mr. Twachtmann:
The Florida Power & Light Company hereby makes
application for a permit to divert water from the Little
Manatee River.for use as condenser cooling water for a power
plant planned for Manatee County. The point of diversion
will "e-located approximately four river miles downstream
from U.S. Highway 301, as indicated in Plate-1 of the
attached Brown & Root, Inc. study entitled "Water Supply
Study, Little Manatee River, Near Wimauma, Florida for
Florida Power and Light Company". The method of diverting
this water would be by means of a "scalping" type pumping
Construction at the river would consist of an open
channel connecting to the pumping station through which the
water diverted from the river would be conveyed to the pumping
station. The channel would be approximately 1000 ft. in length.
The details of the channel and the pumping station are con-
tained in the attached Brown & Root report.
.The amount of water diverted from the river ranges
from an average diversion rate of 35 cfs to 60 cfs, depending
on the size of the power plant. In the interests of long
range planning, application is made for the maximum average
J diversion rate of 6 cfs required by a 3400 megawatt plant.
| The s07mmitme:n of this maximum flow to the Florida Power &
Light Company will enable us to ultimately develop this site
j for a 3400 megawatt plant, should this be necessary.
Our planning at this point favors the water being
pumped from the river to a cooling water reservoir to be
j located in Manatee County, if the proper type of land is
available. If not, the water would be pumped to cooling
I towers also to be located in Manatee County.
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/ Mr. Dale Twachtmann 2 January 27, 1972
The reservoir would be sized to include sufficient
water storage to accommodate periods when the flow in the
river would not permit diversion. As stated in our discussion
with your Engineering staff, the nature of the power business
demands heavy emphasis on reliability in power plants. The
loss of the cooling water from such a reservoir would be dis-
astrous; therefore, please be assured that the engineering
design and construction of the reservoir embankments will be
of the highest order. Investigations concerning any possible
sinkhole problems must also be treated in the same manner.
We are most anxious in having your decision in this
matter as soon as possible. As you are aware, the construc-
tion of this plant has been delayed to the point that it will
be extremely difficult under any circumstances for us to have
it on the line in time to satisfy projected power needs. The
Brown & Root Study endeavors to answer the majority of the
questions in this matter; however, please let us know imme-
diately if there is any other information you need.
Thanking you for your splendid cooperation in this
matter, I remain
orris R. Kincaid
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