Duke Energy to Convert North Carolina Plant to Natural Gas for $1.1 Billion


Duke Energy Corp, the largest U.S. power company by generation capacity, said it would invest $1.1 billion to convert a coal-powered power plant in North Carolina into a natural gas plant over four to five years.

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Duke will retire the 376 megawatt (MW) coal plant in Asheville and spend about $750 million to build a 650 MW natural gas-fired power plant, the company said on Tuesday.

Duke said it would also invest about $320 million to build a transmission substation near Campobello, South Carolina and connect it to the power plant.

(Reporting by Shubhankar Chakravorty in Bengaluru; Editing by Kirti Pandey)