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Natural gas from the Marcellus Shale will be the fuel source of a new electricity generating power plant that a Virginia company plans to build in Salem Township.

Vienna, Virginia-based Moxie Energy LLC will locate the 900-megawatt plant along U.S. Route 11, about five miles from the PPL nuclear power plant, state Department of Environmental Protection spokeswoman Colleen Connolly said.

“It’s called the Moxie Freedom Project,” Connolly said Friday.

The company will connect to the Transco pipeline carrying natural gas from the Marcellus Shale, she explained, and the electricity generated would be sold back to the power grid. The company is constructing two Marcellus Shale supplied plants in Bradford and Lycoming counties.

A call to Moxie Energy was not returned Friday.

On its website the company said it was formed “to develop, own, and operate clean energy infrastructure projects, and to provide consulting services to the energy industry.” Shale gas was included in the company’s “wide-ranging” focus of emerging new energy areas.

The project requires an Air Quality Plan approval by the DEP because of the burning of natural gas to generate the power is a “major source” for emission, Connolly said.

“It’s in the pre-application stages right now,” she said.

Unlike the nuclear plant, the Moxie facility will not draw water from the Susquehanna River.

According to the details provided by Connolly: Natural gas will fuel two combustion turbine generators to produce electricity. The exhaust from the process will be used to heat water to create steam to power two other electricity generating turbines. The steam will be condensed and the water sent back to the energy production process.

Because of the type of permit it’s applying, the project does not require a public hearing. But DEP has the discretion to call for a hearing based on any public request for one, Connolly said.

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