Oregon Clean Energy LLC has broken ground on a new natural gas-fired plant in Oregon, Ohio. The new facility will have an 799-megawatt capacity and replace electricity previously generated by a coal power plant that was closed two years ago, according to The Toledo Blade.
The new natural gas facility is located on 30 acres of land about one mile north of the retired coal plant. North American Project Development owns Oregon Clean Energy and is developing the new plant, which is expected to cost $850 million.
"The Oregon Clean Energy facility paves the way for long-term future growth for the Oregon industrial area," said Oregon City Council President Dennis Walendzak in a statement, according to local news source The Press. "It will provide many jobs over the construction phase and establishes Oregon as a leader in the energy sector in Ohio."
The Ohio Power Siting Board approved the project in May 2013, according to Power Engineering. Financing was secured in November, and the plant is expected to go online in 2017.