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Energy plant adding power switches

By Staff | Sep 30, 2014

As seen from Rt. 405 these are the switches being built for the transformers that will be used in the gas fueled power plant now under construction.

MONTGOMERY – This is not something from a sci-fi movie, but the construction of power switches made of steel and concrete beams and columns for the transformers in the new energy power plant being built in Clinton Township.

Site Manager, Rick Walker from Applied High Voltage company in Albany, NY said that they are being built to tie into the power plant through PP&L grids. The power plant does not own the lines. PP&L owns the transmission lines informed Walker, and guessed that over 900 megawatts of power will be used to tie into the 230 K-V switch yard.

The company is just one of many contractors working on the energy plant since January. Known as the Panda Power Plant and using natural gas from Marcellus Shale for fuel, it is expected to be completed by mid 2016.

The project was acquired from Moxie by Panda Power Funds of Dallas, Texas. Siemens Energy Inc. will be providing the power island package including gas turbines, steam turbines and a heat recovery system.