When the Duke Energy pipeline to Indiana will be finished
Duke Energy announced today that it has started construction on the construction of a pipeline from its coal-fired plant in Indiana to its new power plant in southeastern Indiana.
The $1.9 billion project, which is scheduled to begin in 2018, will bring approximately 1,000 megawatts of new power to the southeastern Indiana community.
Duke Energy also said it is planning to expand its coal ash disposal facility in Indianapolis and the expansion of the Indiana Power Plant.
The project is expected to create more than 6,000 construction jobs and generate nearly $8 billion in economic impact over the next decade.
This will be the second major coal-burning plant to be built in Indiana since the completion of the Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota.
In November, the Indiana Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DECOR) announced that it was closing its review of the environmental impact of the Duke power plant’s planned expansion.
The decision comes amid a nationwide debate about the impact of fossil fuel development on communities, including the environmental impacts of the construction, transport, and disposal of hazardous waste.
A new pipeline to bring coal from the Duke plant to the Indiana power plant was first announced in November.
It was also announced last month that the project is now being completed.
The Duke Energy expansion will also create thousands of jobs and more than $1 billion in annual economic impact.
Dakota Access Pipeline was built under the Dakota Freedom and Infrastructure Act of 2016.
The expansion will create 1,500 construction jobs, with an additional 1,600 jobs expected in the future.
The Indiana Power Project will have the potential to add nearly 2,000 jobs, the company said.
The first phase of the project will begin in 2019.
The second phase will be completed in 2020.
Construction is expected for the expansion in 2021 and 2022.
The project will create more jobs and economic impact than Dakota Access, the other major expansion under the North Dakota-South Dakota-Ohio-Indiana-Indiana Energy Pipeline Act of 2015, which also included construction of two new coal ash storage facilities.