Natural gas-fired power plant planned in West Virginia

MOUNDSVILLE (AP) — Developers say a natural gas-fired power plant is planned in West Virginia’s Northern Panhandle.

Officials for Moundsville Power and the Regional Economic Development Partnership of Wheeling unveiled the plans for the $615 million plant at a Marshall County Commission meeting Tuesday.

Moundsville Power managing partner Andrew Dorn says developers have filed air quality permits and hope to begin construction next spring near a Williams Energy processing plant along the Ohio River.

The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register reports the project would create up to 500 construction jobs, while the plant would employ 30 full-time workers. The plant would generate up to 549 megawatts of electricity when operational by 2018.

The project comes as American Electric Power prepares to close its coal-fired Kammer Plant near Moundsville by next year.

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