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
"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.
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