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Ohio approves construction of 2,040MW gas-fired power plants

The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) in the US has approved construction of two natural gas-fired power plants with a combined capacity of 2,040MW in Guernsey and Trumbull counties.

One of the approved combined cycle generation facility will have capacity of 1.1GW which will be built by the Guernsey Power Station, LLC in Valley Township, Guernsey County.

The plant named as the Guernsey Power Station will be fueled through a new natural gas pipeline that will be laid out to source gas from the Tallgrass Energy Partners Rockies Express Pipeline.

According to OPSB, the power plant will feature three units in a single shaft configuration with each of them using a gas and steam turbine.

Power generated from the Guernsey Power Station will be transmitted through a 765kV electric transmission line owned by American Electric Power to the regional transmission grid.

The Guernsey natural-gas fired power plant will break ground in December and is slated to start commercial operation by 31 October 2020.

OPSB has also given its nod for the construction of a 940MW natural-gas fired combined-cycle power plant in Lordstown in Trumbull County.

The power plant, known as Trumbull Energy Center, will be built by Clean Energy Future-Trumbull. Power generated from the plant will be supplied the grid through a 345kV transmission line owned by American Transmission Systems.

Construction on the Trumbull Energy Center will start in November with commercial operations scheduled by June 2020. The plant will be fueled by the natural gas supplied from a Dominion East Ohio pipeline.

The power plant will feature two gas-fired, high efficiency combustion turbines with two heat recovery steam generators and a steam turbine.

In a separate development, OPSB has approved boosting of capacity of Lordstown Energy Center from 800MW to 940MW. The Lordstown Energy Center is a gas-fired power plant in Trumbull County which is owned by Clean Energy Future-Lordstown.