Gas, New Projects

Moundsville Power Plant Development Faces Delay

By Editors of Power Engineering

The developers of the Moundsville Power natural gas-fired plant told local officials that pending legal action will delay construction.

The Intelligencer reported the litigation comes from the Ohio Valley Jobs Alliance, a coal industry-backed group that filed an appeal last year, claiming the 549-MW plant will produce regulation-violating levels of emissions.

Spokesman Curtis Wilkerson said he was unable to say when work would resume, but estimated it would take months.

Other than the litigation, Moundsville Power is set to begin construction.

“We have to go through things with the legal system at this point, and find out how long that will take,” Wilkerson said. “Everything else is in line. We were ready to break ground and have shovels and hardhats in October. … We think it will be pushed back a few months from today.”

The operational date is currently set at June 1, 2018.

Moundsville power originally sought government approval of the $615 million project in 2014.