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Texas Commission on Environmental Quality issues air permit for Coleto Creek Unit 2

May 5, 2010 at 12:05 a.m.


FROM NEWS RELEASEThe Texas Commission on Environmental Quality issued on April 28 an air permit for Coleto Creek Unit 2. The move was the next step toward expanding Goliad County's Coleto Creek Power Station.

Once complete, Coleto Creek Unit 2 will be a 650-megawatt electric generating unit.

The $1.2 billion project means new jobs and economic growth, said Michael Fields, director of the expansion.

"We're looking forward to starting the construction phase of the project and encouraging economic development throughout the area," he said in the release.

The project will bring more than 1,000 construction jobs, with salaries of more than $300 million during the five-year building period. Later, it means 72 permanent jobs, with $30 million in salaries throughout the first 10 years of operation.

The project also means more than $100 million in added property taxes throughout a 10-year period, including $93 million that will go to the Goliad school district.

It's a significant capital investment for the region, Harold Gleinser, Goliad County judge, said in the release.

"The Coleto Creek plant and its employees have contributed to our local community for more than 30 years," he said. "We are very excited about the expansion of the facility."

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