JESSUP, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) If you drive along the Casey Highway in Lackawanna County’s Mid Valley — there is no missing it. For more than a year construction has been underway on a new natural gas power plant in the Jessup area. While most people don’t get to see the work up close Eyewitness News Reporter Eric Deabill was able to check out the project on Tuesday.
Up until now most people only get to see the construction going on at the new Lackawanna Energy Center in Jessup from a distance. Tuesday Eyewitness News got an up-close look at the planned 1500 megawatt facility that is taking shape.
“It’s a large facility with a lot of equipment and it’s exciting to see it come together “ Said Jason Carey, Invenergy Plant Manager
Invenergy, the company building the new natural gas power plant is now partnering with Lackawanna College giving out four scholarships to help train the next generation of workers. After the students were recognized Tuesday they toured the site to get a scope of what is being built.
“Just seeing it up close and personal, it’s way different than just looking at it up on the hill. It’s a big project!” Said Michael Fazio, of Peckville
When it’s complete this plant will generate enough electricity to power nearly one million homes. During this construction phase nearly 1200 people are working at the site. When it is fully ready to go online there will be thirty permanent positions.
“I think it’s great. I think it’s going to create a lot of jobs. it’s going to bring this area back to where it used to be” Said Brandon Bouton, of Scranton.
Invenergy says construction on the entire project has just passed the half-way point. They say their power plant will be low impact to the community but high impact to the energy industry.
“I’m looking forward to it starting up and starting to produce power which is the purpose that we’re here” noted Carey.
The new Lackawanna Energy center is expected to be fully operational by January 2019.