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Local officials visit site of $1.3 billion Wellsville energy plant

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WELLSVILLE, Ohio -

While construction has been underway for months, local officials were invited to a ceremonial groundbreaking for the South Field Energy Project in Wellsville.

A 20 acre site North of the village will be home to a 1,182-megawatt, natural gas electric generating plant. Fueled by natural gas and steam, it will be capable of powering more than one million homes in the region.

The $1.3 billion investment will also be a difference maker for Wellsville Local Schools.

"We're getting $1.7 million during the construction stages and then about a year after total construction is done we will get $1.3 million a year for 15 years through the abatement," Wellsville Superintendent Richard Bereschik said.

The superintendent says they will totally update their curriculum for the first time in years and be on a level with all the other districts in the area. 

It project will also be a significant shot in the arm for Wellsville.

"We have lost so much business through the years, the mills and the pottery, we're just hoping to get something brought back to the village with this," said Wellsville Mayor Nancy Murray.

Construction will involve nearly a thousand workers at its peak, which is good news for the area building trades and skilled crafts. 

The facility is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2021 and will create 20 to 30 full time jobs when online. 

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