Natural Gas Company to Acquire Salem Station

Pending regulatory approvals, Footprint Power will acquire Salem Harbor Power Station, remediate the site and build a natural gas plant.

A New Jersey company has signed an agreement with Dominion to take control of the , remediate the site and build a natural gas plant.

The announcement from Footprint Power LLC came Friday, according to a press release.

The coal-fired Salem Harbor Power Station owned by Virginia based Dominion is currently . Two units were

Footprint's new "state-of-the-art natural-gas-fired power plant" will be built on one third of the 63-acre site and could start as a power supplier by 2016, according to the press release. The City has been working on its vision for the rest of the site, and .

The Salem Harbor Power Station acquisition will be Footprint's first.

"We are thrilled that many months of negotiations and hard work with Dominion have allowed us to reach this milestone today," CEO Peter Furniss said in a press release. "Salem has long been our company's first choice for an initial project. It is a perfect opportunity for us to work with a dedicated and professional workforce, an engaged community and the committed elected officials who serve it to add responsible and respectful development to the economic base in order to further strengthen this vibrant city."

Furniss also said he is dedicated to working closely with residents as Footprint develops its plan.

Archie Bunker June 29, 2012 at 07:41 PM
Why does this idyllic waterfront property need to be used for this purpose? Can't we build a power plant somewhere else? Natural Gas can be piped anywhere, why use this real estate for another power plant when it could be used for a higher purpose like tourism or waterfront homes?
ach June 30, 2012 at 01:49 AM
Getting a new power site accepted is a lot harder than getting an old one retrofitted into a less obnoxious site. No one really needs the power from this site now very badly, but they might down the road,(!) and this makes it worth something, though its probably worth a lot more as a tourist attraction marina, etc. to someone with any vision.


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