MOUNDSVILLE - A $615 million natural gas power plant will be coming to Marshall County in the near future, county commissioners were informed Tuesday.
Moundsville Power LLC will look to make use of the vast amounts of Marcellus and Utica shale natural gas in the Upper Ohio Valley. The proposed plant would be along W.Va. 2. Company officials said they plan to have it operational by 2018.
During the Marshall County Commission meeting, officials with Moundsville Power and the Regional Economic Development Partnership of Wheeling discussed the power plant project. They said the new plant would generate up to 549 megawatts of electricity on a 37.5-acre site, just south of the Williams Energy processing plant along the Ohio River.
"We have been working on this for a long time," Andrew Dorn, managing partner with Moundsville Power, said. "We have filed for our air quality permits. We hope to begin construction next spring."
Officials said the project's construction phase will create 400 to 500 jobs, while about 30 full-time workers will run the plant once operational.
"It is exciting because we now have a local user for the gas that is being produced here," said Don Rigby, RED executive director.
"We look forward to continuing to work on this," Commissioner Don Mason said.
Placing the plant online could replace some of the wattage lost when American Electric Power closes its coal-fired Kammer Plant next year.
About 50 workers remain at the Kammer plant as it enters its shutdown phase.