The development company EmberClear said Sept. 19 that it has selected an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) vendor for the planned 300-MW Good Spring combined-cycle natural gas plant in Pennsylvania.
The company said in a statement that it has selected SK E&C USA as its lead contractor. EmberClear expects to break ground in 2013 and commission the plant in 2015, said Jim Palumbo, president of Future Power Pennsylvania, an EmberClear subsidiary.
The project will be built in Schuylkill County, Pa., where the developer holds certain surface and mineral rights. EmberClear had once planned to build Good Spring as a 270-MW integrated gasification combined-cycle (IGCC) plant fueled by nearby anthracite coal reserves.
EmberClear said in a May statement that switching Good Spring from a coal gasification to a natural gas power plant should lower the capital cost 60% and speed up the construction schedule.
EmberClear has said that the plant will benefit from its location with the PJM market grid.
During construction, the Good Spring NGCC power project will employ about 500 workers for two years culminating in dozens of full time positions for plant operations. The economic impact to the surrounding area is expected to be more than $1bn over 15 years.
“We expect the U.S. natural gas-based power market to rapidly expand over the next decade, especially in the Marcellus Shale geography where Good Spring NGCC is situated,” said SK E&C USA CEO Keith Clause. “SK E&C has been adding jobs in the U.S. in response and preparation for this opportunity.”
Calgary-based EmberClear trades on the TSX Venture Exchange in Toronto. The company was created in December 2010 through the merger of EmberClear and Future Ventures LLC, according to the EmberClear website.