Columbia Gas Supplies OH Plant
Columbia Gas Transmission, has signed a multi-year agreement to
supply natural gas delivery service to FirstEnergy's proposed 425
MW power plant addition in Lorain, OH. The agreement is good for 10
The firm service contract will supply the power plant with a
maximum of 140,000 Dth/d during the peak electricity usage summer
months and a minimum of 40,000 Dth/d for the rest of the year. The
three new peaking units should be fully operational by summer 2001,
contingent on the Ohio Power Siting Board approving the route of
the gas transmission lines.
"This project illustrates the tremendous opportunities available
to serve growing, gas-fired electric generation markets in the
Midwest," said Catherine Good Abbott, pipeline CEO. "We think
today's announcement is just the first of more to come, as there
are numerous projects in various stages of development throughout
our market area. The question now is not whether the demand will be
there; it is when," she added.
During the construction on the 16.5-acre site next to the West
Lorain Generating Station, FirstEnergy will convert two existing 60
MW oil-fueled turbines to accommodate natural gas as well.
Within the next 3-year period, FirstEnergy is planning to add
1,155 MW of gas-fired, peaking capacity to its already amassed
12,000 MW system. This includes a brand new 390 MW project which is
already underway in Defiance, OH. The company says it will spend
more than $300 million on these projects.
FirstEnergy Corp. is a an energy and related services holding
company based in Akron, OH. Its electric utility companies operate
in Ohio and Pennsylvania and include Ohio Edison, The Illuminating
Company, Toledo Edison and Pennsylvania Power. The utilities make
up the nation's tenth largest electric system, serving 2.2 million
customers within 13,200 square miles. FirstEnergy operates 16
power plants with more than $6 billion in annual revenues and more
than $18 billion in assets.
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