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Southern Targets Nevada for New Generation Project

Southern Targets Nevada for New Generation Project

Southern Co.'s Southern Energy Inc. announced plans to build an electric generation facility of up to 1,000 MW as part of the development of the Apex Industrial Park in southern Nevada. Southern Energy expects the power station to begin commercial operation in the first quarter of 2003.

If approved by the state, the complex would represent a re-entry into the Nevada market for Southern. Buddy Eller, a company spokesman, said Southern used to have generation facilities in Nevada but has not had a presence there in several years.

Under the terms of the deal, Southern Energy will assist Apex Industrial Park Inc. in developing the 10,000-acre site north of Las Vegas, build a generation facility and work with public and private entities to recruit new industries to the site. Southern said it is too early in the process to decide how much gas it will burn and who the supplier will be. The company expects to open a business development office in the Las Vegas area to serve as a headquarters for recruiting new business investment to the Apex site.

"This project is a classic example of what Southern Energy does best --- working with businesses and local governments to bring new jobs and capital investment to areas served by our power-generation facilities," said Richard J. Pershing, president of Southern Energy's Americas Group. "The Las Vegas area is one of the most vibrant, fast-growing economies in the United States."

The Apex Industrial Park is located about 15 miles north of Las Vegas, with access to major highways and railroad lines, giving it excellent access to West Coast markets. The site also is served by major gas and electric transmission infrastructures.

John Norris

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