Duke announces plans for Anderson Co. natural gas plant - FOX Carolina 21

Duke announces plans for Anderson Co. natural gas plant

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Duke Energy announced plans to build and operate a natural gas power plant at the existing Anderson County plant on Friday.

Construction of the plant is expected to begin in 2015 at the Lee Steam Station site. Duke said they expect the plant to be ready to use in 2017. 

"The Lee site is a great location for a combined cycle plant," said Clark Gillespy, Duke Energy state president - South Carolina. "Duke Energy will be able to leverage existing site infrastructure to minimize new generation project costs and impacts to the community and environment."

At the height of construction, Duke said at least 500 jobs will be created, with 25 full-time employees operating the plant when it opens.

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