- Associated Press - Thursday, April 6, 2017

MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan power plant has announced plans for a more than $500 million expansion that is expected to create jobs, add to the city of Midland’s tax base and increase the plant’s electrical capacity.

Construction on the expansion for Midland Cogeneration Venture will begin once a power agreement has been finalized, which is estimated to occur in the next six to 12 months.

“The fact that it looks like it’s going to see daylight now, that’s good,” Assistant City Manager David Keenan said about the expansion plan. “As an important employer and taxpayer to our community, things that make them better and stronger are certainly good for our community.”

The construction will take about two-and-a-half years and employ about 700 workers, company official Kelly Moldovan said. The expansion is expected to add about 20 jobs to the current 250 jobs at the site in the long term.

The project will add two new gas turbines and a steam turbine. The plant currently has 12 gas turbines, two steam turbines and six package boilers that produce steam.

The company’s electricity capacity is expected to increase from a little over 1,600 megawatts to about 2,300 megawatts.

Moldovan said the expansion will contribute $10 million to $15 million annually to the city’s tax base.

Midland Cogeneration calls itself the largest natural gas fired combined electrical energy and steam energy generating plant in the nation. The company was formed by Consumers Energy and The Dow Chemical Co. in 1987, and went into commercial operation in 1990.

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Information from: Midland Daily News, https://www.ourmidland.com

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