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NJ firm planning gas-fueled power plant in Pa.

NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- A New Jersey firm has plans to build a 900 megawatt, $750 million natural gas-fired power plant in western Pennsylvania.

LS Power, which has offices in East Brunswick, N.J. and St. Louis says the plant in North Beaver Township, Lawrence County, will be fueled from gas drawn from a pipeline out of Tennessee. The pipeline runs within a mile of the site of the proposed plant, and will also carry gas to the plant from Marcellus shale wells being drilled in the area.

The company expects to open the plant by 2016 or 2017 on the site of a former explosives manufacturing plant owned by American Cyanamid Co. about 45 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.

LS Power officials say the plant will create 500 construction jobs for two years and 25 full-time plant jobs.