$1B Electric Plant Planned Near Chicago, M-U Connection?


Indeck Niles Energy Center concept – click for larger version

In August MDN told you about a new natgas-fired electric power plant being built outside of Chicago, in Indiana (see Indiana NatGas Electric Plant Seeks Permission to Double Size). As we said at the time, “There has been no mention of Marcellus/Utica gas feeding the plant, but our own speculation is that a lot has changed since this plant was first planned. One of the big changes has been a reversal of the Rockies Express (REX) pipeline, owned by Tallgrass, which now flows gas from the Marcellus/Utica west to Illinois (right through Indiana) delivering northeast gas to the Greater Chicago area, where this plant will be built. So that has MDN wondering if the St. Joseph Energy Center will get some yummy northeast gas to power it.” It seems quite likely that Marcellus/Utica gas will feed that new plant. We have yet another new Chicago-area electric plant to tell you about that falls into the same camp–a new plant that we suspect will get Marcellus/Utica gas to power it. Indeck Energy recently announced a plan to build a $1 billion electric generating plant (powered by natural gas) in Niles, Illinois, not far from Chicago…

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