[r45] Rep. Borders and Duke Energy Officials Celebrate Official Start of Coal Gasification Plant Construction (7/21/2008)

Monday, July 21, 2008

Start Date: 7/21/2008 All Day
End Date: 7/21/2008

STATEHOUSE (July 21, 2008) - Rep. Bruce Borders (R-Jasonville), Gov. Mitch Daniels and Duke Energy officials met today in Edwardsport to celebrate the official start of construction for the new coal gasification plant.

"God has blessed southwest Indiana with an abundance of natural resources, especially coal," Rep. Borders said.  "However, after the Clean Air Act passed on the federal level, we were unable to tap into our region's most abundant energy source.  With this clean coal technology, we can finally make use of this valuable resource."

The Edwardsport plant will use a coal gasification system to convert coal into a synthetic natural gas. Compared with traditional coal-fired electric generation, this technology is much cleaner.  The $2 billion plant is the first coal plant to be built in 20 years. 

"Knox County's Edwardsport plant will be among the most advanced in the world," continued Rep. Borders.  "It will bring hundreds of jobs to our area during the construction process and later, when the plant begins operating, and will make our area a world leader in clean-coal technologies."

Construction on the plant is expected to reach completion by 2012.

Contact Rep. Borders by e-mail at h45@iga.in.gov, by telephone at 317-232-9677 or by mail at the Statehouse, 200 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, Ind. 46204.