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ESC seeks to build 750-MW natural gas Brooke County Power I plant in West Virginia

ismoving ahead with plans to build a 750-MW power plant in West Virginia's NorthernPanhandle between Ohio and Pennsylvania.

ESC BrookeCounty Power I LLC has asked the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protectionto issue an air permit for the combined-cycle combustion turbine project in thecity of Follansbee in Brooke County. The application said the project's combustionturbines will able to burn all gas, a blend of natural gas and ethane, or 100% ethane.

CitingPJM Interconnection LLCreports on costs of new entry for combined-cycle plants, the developer estimatesthat the project will cost $710 million. ESC also said the proposed plant seeksto generate low-cost, baseload electricity and sell the output into the PJM's wholesalemarket. The plant will also use FirstEnergyCorp.'s nearby Tidd-Wylie Ridge 345-kV transmission line as its primaryinterconnection and will "take advantage" of natural gas supplies fromthe nearby Marcellus and Utica shale regions.

The plantwill consist of two general electric frame 7HA.01 advanced combined-cycle turbinesand two heat-recovery steam generators for each combined-cycle turbine. ESC hopesto obtain the DEP air permit by October 2016 and have the plant begin commercialoperations in June 2020.

ESC isalso seeking to builda 550-MW natural gas project in Beech Bottom, W.Va.