Monday, April 26, 2010

Sevier County power plant previewed

Sevier County was given its first preview of a proposal to build a gas-fueled power plant near Sigurd. The proposal was outlined by Nevco representatives at the Sevier County Planning Commission meeting. In comparison to coal, the natural gas plant will be smaller, emit less pollution, use less water, have a smaller stack, have less traffic and be built in less time. The plant would also produce 540 megawatts instead of the proposal for coal, which would have produced 270, according to Clark.

The new proposal would also have an 18-month construction period, as opposed to construction that could last years for coal. However, the gas plant would add less to the area's employment, with approximately 20 to 30 employees once construction is completed, and would not provide any additional trucking jobs. The plant will also be valued at approximately $410 million once constructed, rather than $600 million. The Richfield Reaper