Power’s on at Carroll plant: Advance Power also planning sister facility near Wellsville
By TOM GIAMBRONI
LISBON — The sister plant to the natural gas-powered electric plant to be built outside Wellsville is open for business.
Advance Power announced earlier this week its 700-megawatt Carroll County Energy plant outside Carrollton is operating and capable of generating enough electricity for 750,000 homes.
The Boston-based company announced in July 2013 it was going to build an electric plant powered by natural gas near Carrollton. Approximately $899 million in financing was secured by April 2015, with construction beginning the same year. The plant is operated by EthosEnergy and employs 22 workers.
Advance Power also is planning to build a $1.1 billion gas-powered electric plant just north of Wellsville — a 1,150 megawatt facility known as South Field Energy capable of providing electricity to more than a million homes.
“Advanced Power continues to work on development of the … South Field Energy combined-cycle natural gas electric generation facility near Wellsville, Ohio,” stated project Manager Zac Gordon in a news release. “Since our announcement of South Field Energy in October 2015, all permitting has been approved and the project has moved forward to the point where we expect to break ground sometime in the first half of 2018.”
Construction of South Field is expected to take more than two years and generate 500 construction jobs and result in 25 to 30 permanent jobs.
The plant is to occupy 86 of 150 acres off Hibbetts Mill Road in Yellow Creek Township, with the rest serving as a buffer. An electric transfer station is to be built about three miles to the west at the corner of Osbourne and McCormick Run roads in Madison Township.
Last year, Columbiana County commissioners approved an agreement in which Advanced Energy agreed to pay the Wellsville school district $24.2 million and Yellow Creek Township trustees $5.4 million over the next 15 years in exchange for property tax abatements for the plant during that period.
This is comparable to the deal the Carrollton school district received in exchange for tax abatements.