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South Field water line nearly complete

WELLSVILLE — The raw water discharge line from the South Field Energy plant being built north of town is nearly complete following action taken this week by the Buckeye Water District.

The BWD board voted to pay Rudzik Excavating of Struthers $718,000, which represents what the contractor is owed for completion of the line, minus $30,000 being withheld until the punch list of remaining work that needs done is completed to the BWD’s satisfaction. Once those items are completed, the remaining $30,000 will be released.

BWD Director Al DeAngelis indicated there is a disagreement between the parties on some issues as they relate to Rudzik’s responsibility under the contract. After paying Rudzik, the board went into executive session with its attorney for the purpose of discussing possible litigation.

South Field’s 1,150 megawatt natural gas-powered electric plant under construction in Yellow Creek Township will be capable of providing electricity to more than a million homes. The combined cycle plant will use water from the Ohio River for the cooling process, and the company has contracted with the BWD to serve as the supplier. The water does not need to be treated, so it will be pumped directly from the river about three miles away.

After it has been used in the cooling process, South Field will run the water through its treatment plant before discharging it back into the river.

Rudzik’s bid of $6.58 million was the lowest of the five received to install the discharge line. The cost is being borne by South Field in the form of a tap fee to be paid the BWD.

tgiambroni@mojonews.com

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