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Carroll County to build an $800 million electrical plant
Gas-and-steam turbine plant could power 700,000 homes
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


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M.L. Schultze
 
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Rural Carroll County has been central to the oil and gas drilling boom in Ohio since it began about five years ago. And now a company has announced plans to build a natural-gas-fired plant in the county that will generate enough electricity  to power 700,000 homes.

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Carroll County Energy says the plant will cost some $800 million, involve 500 people in construction and permanently employ 25 to 30 people. Those are all big numbers, especially in a county of less than 30,000 people.

The plant is to be built on what’s now farm land, next to an industrial park, about a half hour southeast of Canton.

The company says the new plant will help supplant some of the electrical supply that will go off-line when coal-burning plants are retired in 2015.

Natural gas powered with steam turbine technology

700 megawatts generation

Will capture waste heat to create additional electricity.

Will meet National Ambient Air Quality Standards, reducing carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide emission.

Carroll County Energy is a subsidiary of Boston-based Advanced Power Services. It and GE Energy will develop the plant, which will use natural gas and steam turbine technology. The companies say it will cut in half carbon dioxide emissions and produce less than 10 percent of the sulfur and nitrogen dioxide emitted by conventional coal-fired plants.

 

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