Developer, Lordstown ink pact to protect roads
LORDSTOWN — The developer of Trumbull Energy Center and Lordstown have an agreement to protect portions of certain village roads from damage during construction of the more than $1 billion natural gas-fired power plant.
The road-use management agreement is required under a permit granted in October 2017 by the Ohio Power Siting Board to Clean Energy Future-Trumbull LLC to build, operate and maintain the facility.
It was docketed with the siting board Monday.
The agreement covers portions of Henn Parkway, state Route 45 and Bailey, Hallock Young, Lyntz, Muth, Industrial Trace, Ellsworth Bailey and Kunkel roads. The agreement could be altered later to include other roads.
During construction, Clean Energy Future has agreed to “maintain and restore” the roads to “as close as reasonably practicable” to their condition before the start of construction, the agreement states.
The developer also may improve / upgrade the roads, with village approval, as needed. Before any upgrades, but with certain exceptions, the company must provide a $2 million liability insurance policy, with the village as the insured, and bond or letter of credit for $250,000.
Video and photos of the roads taken May 2 to document their condition preproject were given to the village May 9, according to the agreement.
Construction of the facility on state Route 45 near Henn Parkway should be complete in November 2025, with the plant generating power in January 2026.
Foundation work was happening earlier this year to prepare the site for large pieces of equipment that include gas turbines from Germany; the generators, which are made in the U.S.; and the boilers from South Korea.
The first turbine, which weighs more than 500,000 pounds, was delivered in November.
The facility will connect with FirstEnergy high-voltage power lines in Lordstown to send electricity northwest toward Cleveland and southeast toward Pittsburgh.
Trumbull Asset Management in Mars, Pa., owns the project. The company was formed by equity investors in the plant — Korea Southern Power Co., Korea Overseas Infrastructure & Urban Development Corp. and Siemens Energy’s Power Development & Investments after they acquired it from developer Clean Energy Future of Massachusetts in 2022.