Progress Energy wants to build gas-fueled plant in New Hanover

Posted by Doug Wahl - email

RALEIGH, NC. (WECT) - Friday, Progress Energy filed its plan to build a 600-megawatt power plant outside of Wilmington. If approved, the natural gas plant would replace the coal-fired Sutton Plant.

"This is the next important step in fulfilling our strategy of replacing older, less efficient units with cleaner-burning natural gas," said Lloyd Yates, CEO and president of Progress Energy Carolinas. "This changing of technologies at the site will provide significantly cleaner air and continued reliable service."

The new gas plant will cost an estimated $600 million.

State regulators have to sign off on the plan, but it is expected that site clearing and construction could get under way as early as 2011.

The plant is scheduled to be completed by early 2014 .

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