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Jul 22, 2010 6:35 PM by Greg Boyce

Black Hills begins construction on new Pueblo facility

Black Hills Energy was issued an air permit by the Colorado Department of Health Thursday for a new power plant to be built in Pueblo.

The company said construction immediately began on two projects that will provide power to more than 90,000 customers by January of 2012.

“Receiving our air permit is an important milestone for these Black Hills generation projects, and now we have begun construction at the Pueblo Airport site,” said David R. Emery, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Black Hills Corp. “We are on track to have both plants ready for commercial operation by the end of 2011 as planned. Most of the major equipment for the projects has been purchased, contracts have been awarded for the construction of water and gas lines, a water supply agreement has been executed, the annexation agreement has been approved by the City of Pueblo and the process to select the remaining contractors is well underway.”

Both generation projects will be located on a site near the Pueblo Airport. As many as 400 local jobs will be created during the construction phase, and once completed, the Black Hills facilities will create 15 to 20 permanent highly technical jobs in southern Colorado.

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