Dynegy To Build Second Power Plant In Kentucky

Dynegy Inc. last Monday unveiled plans to construct a second natural gas-fired, simple-cycle peaking facility in Kentucky that will generate 330 MW of power and is expected to begin commercial operation in the second quarter of 2002.

The proposed Foothills project will be located in Lawrence County next to Dynegy's Riverside generating project, a 500 MW, natural gas-fired, simple-cycle peaking facility. Both power projects will be on a 20-acre site next to the Big Sandy River. Dynegy will sell the power generated at the plant in the wholesale electricity market to investor-owned utilities, electric cooperatives and municipalities throughout the East Central Area Reliability Council and other regions of the U.S.

Steve Bergstrom, Dynegy's president, said the company's decision to develop the Foothills generating project was based on the "rapidly growing demands of the wholesale energy market in Kentucky and the neighboring region."

The Foothills generating project will consist of two Siemens Westinghouse 501F combustion turbines. Natural gas delivered from Tennessee Gas Pipeline will fuel the facility. Dynegy said that a 345 kV interconnection with American Electric Power will provide transmission access for power transactions.

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