The Frontier Group of Companies (FGC), a Buffalo, New York-based real estate and redevelopment company, has acquired two retired Energy Harbor coal-fired power plants.
FGC said it plans to decommission the Bruce Mansfield Power Plant in Shippingport, Pennsylvania, and the Ashtabula Power Station in Ashtabula, Ohio. The company would remediate environmental issues at each site.
Terms of the deal with Energy Harbor were not disclosed.
FGC said that in the coming months it will conduct land use studies, market analyses, and meet with community leaders to determine the best use for the plant sites.
Both former coal-fueled power plants are prospective sites for a variety of economic development purposes, according to FGC Business Development Director Pat Ford. He said this included petrochemical, steel, energy, digital currency, and transportation logistics-related companies.
The 2,490 MW vBruce Mansfield Power Plant was operated by FirstEnergy and for many years was the largest coal plant in Pennsylvania. The former power plant is 35 miles northwest of Pittsburgh and situated along the Ohio River.
Bruce Mansfield Unit 1 was completed in 1976 and generated 830 MW. Unit 2 came online a year later and generated 830 MW. The station’s 800 MW Unit 3 came online in 1980.
The Ashtabula Power Station site was also operated by FirstEnergy. The 256 MW former power station is midway between Cleveland and Buffalo along I-90.
Ashtabula dates back to 1930 and the last unit to retire became operational in 1958. The plant was retired in 2015.
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