by Lisa Tome
A very big building is coming to Conowingo.
Officials from the Wildcat Point Generation Facility have submitted plans to the Cecil County Permits and Inspections Department for a 14,000 square foot building. According to Jeff Thorpe, Plans Reviewer for Permits and Inspections that building includes offices, storage space, a warehouse area and more.
Several weeks ago, officials from the Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC) announced that Wildcat Point work would get underway. This project is expected to be the largest construction project in the county over the next several years.
The Wildcat Point electric generation facility will share space with the Rock Springs generation plant which has been in service for more than a dozen years. Wildcat Point is a partnership, owned by ODEC and Essential Power. It's a wholesale, not for profit facility. In May 2013, work began on expansion. Various necessary approvals have been acquired since that planning began. Groundbreaking for the project was held in October, 2014.
During the construction phase, gas turbines, a boiler, and a steam turbine will be brought in by rail and barge. The engineering work is underway. Permits have also been submitted for foundations for cranes, generators, and other equipment. There will be separate water and gas lines run to the site. The gas line will be run from Peach Bottom, Pa.
When it is completed, the facility will generate power to serve 340,000 homes. It is expected to be up and operational in June 2017. Cecil County will receive payment in lieu of tax payments of $120 million through 2035. ODEC officials estimate that the economic value to the county over the 30-year life of the plant will be a billion dollars.
Once the construction is completed, 28 permanent employees will be hired to operate the plant.