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New natural gas power plant pegged for Bridgeport

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BRIDGEPORT, CT (WFSB) -

Officials with a power company announced that construction is set to begin on a new power plant in Bridgeport.

PSEG Power Connecticut announced its plans during a news conference on Thursday.

Construction on the clean, natural-gas-fired plant is slated to begin in 2017.

The project represents a $550 million investment, PSEG Power said.

"This is a true win for Bridgeport, not only adding new clean energy to the grid, but creating jobs, tax revenue, and general economic activity within the region," said Richard Lopriore, president of PSEG Fossil. "We look forward to providing reliable energy to Connecticut and the region for many years to come."

PSEG Power said the endeavor will create 350 construction jobs, add about 20 permanent jobs, create $5 million in tax revenue for the city and generate other economic benefits.

The plant itself will primarily run on natural gas, but will also be able to run on ultra-low-sulfur distillate fuel oil as a backup.

"We are pleased that PSEG Power will be making further investments in power generation in our city," said Mayor Joe Ganim.

More information about PSEG can be found on its website here.

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