MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. — A private development company plans a $615 million natural gas-fired power plant in Marshall County. Moundsville Power announced plans for the project at Tuesday’s Marshall County Commission meeting.
Managing partner Andrew Dorn told commissioners they are securing permits for the plant and hope to begin construction next spring. He says the construction phase will employ up to 500 workers while 30 people will work full-time at the plant when it goes on line in 2018.
Dorn says the plant will use over $100 million worth of natural gas a year to generate electricity that will be sold on the power grid. The plant will be located on a 38-acre site along Route 2.
The announcement is the latest economic development associated with increased Marcellus Shale gas well drilling in the region. Dorn says the plant will help offset the impact of the coal-fired Kammer power plant, which is shutting down.