June 20, 2008

Construction to Begin in July on Power Plant: $673 Million Price for Colusa Facility

By Howard Yune, Appeal-Democrat, Marysville, Calif.

Jun. 20--After more than two years of planning, work on a Colusa County power plant is set to begin next month.

Groundbreaking for the Colusa Generating Station in Delevan is scheduled around July 8 or July 22, officials for Pacific Gas and Electric Co. confirmed.

Spokeswoman Melani McGinnis announced the upcoming launch Thursday at a Colusa event seeking local contractors for the project, expected to go online in August 2010.

PG&E won a state permit in April for the 660-megawatt power station, a natural gas-driven turbine plant expected to provide electricity for up to a half-million California homes.

The $673 million plant, located just south of the Glenn County border, is one of three turbine-powered stations the utility is building in California to add capacity for the state's growing population; the others are in Antioch and the Eureka area.

About 25 workers are expected to staff the power station when it opens, but hundreds more are expected to be on the job during construction.

At Thursday's forum, McGinnis reached out to a 40-person audience, pointing to the tasks needed before the station opens -- from electrical work and road repaving at the site down to hotel rooms and catering for visiting workers.

She predicted such work would boost the local area by bringing in more sales tax revenue on top of the county's annual property-tax take on the finished power plant.

"Our goal is to reach out to local (firms) and provide as much income to the county as we can," she said.

Contact Appeal-Democrat reporter Howard Yune at 458-2121 or [email protected]


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