Power Siting Board OKs Columbiana Energy Plant

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Power Siting Board has authorized South Field Energy LLC to construct a 1,105 megawatt natural gas-fired, combined-cycle electric generation facility near Wellsville.

The plant, first announced in October 2015, will be built on a 150-acre parcel in Yellow Creek Township.

A new 3.9-mile long 345 kilovolt transmission line and electrical switchyard, also authorized Thursday by the state board, will deliver power from the generation facility to the regional electric grid. South Field Energy plans to begin construction in January and commercial operations in January 2020.

South Field Energy is a subsidiary of Boston-based Advanced Power.

The $1.1 billion project is similar to Advanced Power’s Carroll County energy plant, a 700-megawatt natural gas electric generation facility under construction near Carrollton.

The South Field Energy project will generate an average peak of 550 construction jobs for up to three years. When completed, it will employ 25 full-time.

The plant will use General Electric’s gas turbine technology. Bechtel, which is constructing the Carroll County Energy project using GE technology, will serve as general contractor.


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