East Kentucky Power Cooperative to expand in Maysville
Frankfort, KY: Governor Ernie Fletcher announced today the creation of hundreds of new jobs, generating millions of dollars in new tax revenue, with the construction of an electric coal-generating plant in Maysville over the next four years.
East Kentucky Power Cooperative, based in Winchester, will build the plant at its Spurlock Station in Maysville. Building the unit will create up to 700 construction jobs, at an average wage of $60,000. In addition, dozens of permanent jobs will also be generated for people at Spurlock Station during the lifetime of the unit.
“We are investing in the economy, the environment, and the people who live, work, and raise children in Kentucky,” said Governor Fletcher. “The millions of dollars in tax revenues the new plant will bring to Maysville and Mason County will allow countless families to grow and prosper.”
Roy Palk, president and CEO of East Kentucky Power, explained that the 278-megawatt Spurlock Unit 4 will be identical to the E.A. Gilbert Generating Unit, which is in the final stages of construction at Spurlock Station and goes on-line in April 2005.
“At a cost of more than $400 million each, both units will rank as America’s cleanest coal-generating units,” said Palk. “We are using a technology that is arguably the most reliable, affordable, and proven clean coal technology on the market.”
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