Global engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company Bechtel has secured a contract to design and build a 1.182GW combined-cycle natural gas electric generating facility in Columbiana County, Ohio, US.

Known as South Field Energy project, the facility is expected to deliver a clean, reliable and efficient source of energy to more than one million homes in the region.

“The project will create jobs and bring significant economic benefits to the Village of Wellsville, Columbiana County, and the State.”

Built with an investment of $1.3bn, the South Field project is expected to create approximately 1,000 jobs during the construction period.

Bechtel has already received approval to begin construction of the facility, which is expected to start commercial operations in 2021.

Bechtel global Infrastructure business operations manager Kelvin Sims said: “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to deliver cleaner, reliable energy to the Columbiana, Ohio community.

“Our experience in delivering combined-cycle facilities along with our continued collaboration with Advanced Power will ensure that this project reflects the best of innovation.”

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As per the terms of the contracts, Bechtel will serve as the EPC contractor for the electric generating facility, which will be equipped with GE power generation equipment, including two natural gas turbines, and paired with a heat recovery steam generator and steam turbine generator.

Bechtel is reported to have partnered with Advanced Power, which led to the development of the facility and will be the construction and asset manager.

Advanced Power CEO Thomas Spang said: “We are proud to have developed the South Field Energy facility, our second major project in Ohio.

“The project will create jobs and bring significant economic benefits to the Village of Wellsville, Columbiana County, and the State.”

In addition to South Field Energy, the team is also constructing the Cricket Valley Energy Center, a natural gas-fired, combined-cycle power facility in Dover, New York.