ESC Harrison County Power will be the first major down-stream project for natural gas to come to North Central West Virginia - delivering on the promise of what the Marcellus Shale revolution was to become.


The plant will provide reliable electricity needed to keep West Virginia competitive going into the future. Economic impact from construction will be $880 Million and an overall annual economic impact of $287 Million each year while supporting local business and local natural gas exploration and production.


400 Jobs during construction producing 2,543 job years - and 713 ongoing jobs (direct, indirect and induced) will owe their existence to this power plant. Affordable power with abundant natural gas will drive more development and job growth in the region.


The site will host a 630 Megawatt (MW), clean-burning natural gas power plant and feature the most efficient combined-cycle electric generation technologies available. When operating, the plant will provide enough power for approximately 425,000 homes through the PJM interconnect (grid).

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ESC Harrison County Power will construct a natural gas fueled electric generation station. The plant design will consist of one combustion turbine generator (CTG), connected to one heat recovery steam generator (HRSG). The HRSG harnesses exhaust heat from the CTG to generate high-quality, superheated steam. The steam will drive a steam turbine (ST) to generate additional electricity in an environmentally friendly and efficient manner.

ESC Harrison County Power will be able to access abundant regional natural gas by interconnecting to an existing local natural gas pipeline infrastructure. By doing so, the project will generate enough electricity to power approximately 425,000 homes. Additionally, the power generated will be sold in the thirteen-state PJM Interconnection System (the grid) via existing transmission lines, which are in close proximity to the site location.

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  • The facility will use $111 Million annually of natural gas, supporting hundreds of jobs in the region associated with the natural gas industry (exploration, development, processing and transport)
  • Facility construction period will involve almost 2,543 job years of work (1 job year = one person working for one full year)
  • Additionally, during the construction period, the project will yield many indirect economic benefits to the local community including $880 Million in overall construction economic impact
  • During plant operation, the facility will engage up to 30 full-time, well-paid employees. In addition to the jobs onsite, the project can create 714 total jobs due to requirements for maintenance, supplies, fuel and other needed local services.
  • The annual economic impact of the facility will total $287 Million each year
  • The facility will provide $1 Million to Harrison County on the commencement of construction and $600,000 each year of operation to the Harrison County Commission and the Harrison County Board of Education

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This site will host a clean-burning 630 Megawatt natural gas power plant and feature the most efficient combined-cycle electric generation technologies available. The project will support hundreds of skilled construction jobs and 713 direct, indirect and induced jobs (including up to 30 permanent, well-paid positions during the plant's long operating life). The project will utilize regionally abundant natural gas. Additionally, this plant will provide the reliable electricity needed to keep West Virginia businesses competitive.

The project site is located in Harrison County, West Virginia at a planned industrial park specifically for this type of economic development. In addition to providing a positive reuse of this former mining site, the project may stimulate additional economic development by attracting industrial development to the area.

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The implementation of state-of-the-art turbine generation equipment, advanced emission control technology and burning natural gas (providing the lowest emission rates of all fossil fuels) will allow the plant to meet or exceed all local, state and federal environmental operating standards. The plant will have a stable grade on an area that is currently uncontrolled, resulting in reduced erosion and sediment migration. In addition, the plant will have an air-cooled condenser, which dramatically reduces water usage to less than 3 percent of many similarly sized facilities.

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