NEW CASTLE, Pa.-- Western Pennsylvania has a new 1,000-megawatt power plant fueled by natural gas, and it's located in Lawrence County.
The plant went online in mid-May, producing enough electricity to power one million homes.
The facility is located on a former manufacturing site near North Beaver Township. It uses natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica shales and employs 23 workers.
It cost $863 million and broke ground in 2017, employing up to 500 workers during the construction process. Kallanish Energy reports the plant uses two gas-powered turbine generators along with a steam turbine generator as well as two heat recovery steam generators.
The power plant is owned and operated by a subsidiary of Japan's ITOCHU Corp., by Kansas-based Tyr Energy. Kallanish cited state agencies expect natural gas will produce up to 45-percent of Pennsylvania's electricity by the end of 2022.