Montana governor annnounces major power plant project

ROUNDUP, Mont., Oct. 1, 2001 – Montana Gov. Judy Martz, Sen. Conrad Burns (R-Mont.) and Rep. Dennis Rehberg (R-Mont.) today announced plans for a 700 MW Roundup power plant.

The plant will have two 350 MW pulverized coal units located adjacent to the Bull Mountain coal mine. This 700 MW mine-mouth facility will provide low-cost power to a region suffering economically from high electricity rates, and from a severe loss of jobs that resulted from many closed industrial facilities over the last decade.

“It will provide Montana and the surrounding areas with a new, clean, natural resource to allow low cost generation of energy supply,” Gov. Martz said. “It will reduce and stabilize skyrocketing power prices. And it will accomplish this while greatly enhancing Montana’s economy with hundreds of millions of dollars of expenditures in developing and operating the mine and power plant.

“While the nation searches to meet its power needs and Montana seeks economic growth, we need to recognize that we hold an important key to both challenges … and today, we have the people who are prepared to put our people to work, add value to our coal, and fuel the nation.”

Sen. Burns and Rep. Rehberg, addressing the crowd of nearly 500 residents of rural Roundup, both spoke at length on the critical economic importance of this new power plant that they said will benefit all of Montana.

FGS & Associates President Joe Dickey, former COO of TVA and vice president of FP&L, representing the owners as the overall project manager, emphasized the low-cost power’s impact on regional economic development. The plant has been designed with the best available technology for emission controls and with particular consideration for the local region water resource limitations. The project design engineer, Sargent & Lundy of Chicago, has designed the plant with several unique factors to minimize water consumption and to take advantage of the thermal characteristics of deep water resources.

In a written statement, Senator Max Baucus (D-Mont.) said, “The Bull Mountain Mine and the Roundup Power Plant promise to be a great economic boom for this region and for our state. Out here you make your own economic destiny.”

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