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Swiss power developer Advanced Power’s subsidiary Carroll County Energy has broken ground on the 700MW Carroll County Energy Facility in Ohio, US, together with US construction firm Bechtel.

Bechtel is responsible for the engineering, procurement, construction, and start-up of the facility, which will supply power to more than 740,000 US households.

Located in Carroll County, the natural gas-fired, combined-cycle power plant is scheduled to be commissioned in 2017.

The firm has started work on the engineering, procurement and manufacturing process of the project, which is expected to cost $899m.

During peak construction, the project is expected to create up to 700 jobs, and will engage local firms to provide services and materials for the facility.

"Advanced emissions-control technology [will] make this plant one of the cleanest and most efficient natural gas power facilities in the United States."

Bechtel Power general manager Scott Osborne said: "We will be using advanced emissions-control technology to make this plant one of the cleanest and most efficient natural gas power facilities in the United States.

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"This project continues our long history of delivering infrastructure projects in Ohio, with the support of skilled local workers, and we have already awarded $15m worth of contracts to local firms."

Advanced Power Development senior vice-president Jonathan Winslow said: "We have a long-term commitment to maintaining our good neighbour relationship and we look forward to providing employment, contributing to the Carroll County economy and delivering clean and efficient energy to the region and beyond."

The company has already signed a deal with GE to deliver its gas turbine technology in a combination to make it a combined-cycle facility, which will tap waste heat from the facility to generate additional electricity.

Carroll County Energy Facility claimed to emit 50% less carbon dioxide, and below 10% of the sulphur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide generated from a conventional coal plant with the same power generation capacity.

Image: Bechtel and Carroll County Energy officials break ground at the power plant. Photo: courtesy of Bechtel Corporation.