Quantum Utility Generation could break ground during October on a 550-MW natural gas power plant in coal-heavy West Virginia, an official with West Virginia’s Independent Oil and Gas Association said Aug. 25.
Charlie Burd, who is executive director of the organization, made the comments during a panel discussion on state perspectives on natural gas development.
Quantum could break ground on the Moundsville natural gas-fueled power plant this fall, Burd said. The project, located in Marshall County, is probably the furthest along of natural gas plants under development in West Virginia.
The gas-fired power plant is targeted for commercial operation in 2019, Burd said. Burd was speaking during a panel discussion at the PennWell POWER-GEN/Natural Gas in Columbus, Ohio.
The facility will serve the PJM Interconnection market. It will utilize cheap abundant West Virginia shale natural gas or natural gas liquids, providing low cost and reliable electricity needed to keep West Virginia businesses competitive and help offset the effect of coal plant closings in the area, according to a Quantum website.