New Power Plant for Solvay

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A major sign of progress along Route 7 between Marietta and Belpre.

You can't miss the huge new industrial build at Solvay.

Thursday we got a look at the plant that will be powering it.

Construction is well under way on a natural gas and steam plant.

That by itself is a more than $30 million investment.

Solvay has had a temporary power source since AMP-Ohio closed its facility four years ago.

"We stepped back and looked at what is really the best long-term solution. Right now, we burn natural gas and we get steam. In this situation, we should be able to burn natural gas and get steam and electricity to supply the plant," says plant manager Wally Kandel.

Solvay partnered with Michigan-based DTE Energy on the project, which should be completed by this year's end.

The new power plant will include a backup system, which will allow it to resume operation almost immediately if there's an outage like the one during the 2012 derecho.

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