Ground moving on new power plant

Alliant Energy is ready to move dirt and sink steel.

On Wednesday Alliant Energy’s Iowa utility received all of the necessary approvals, permits and a full notice to proceed with the construction of the 650-megawatt power plant that will power more than 500,000 homes.

Ryan Stensland, Alliant Energy spokesperson, said in the coming weeks people will start to see preliminary work being done on the site, including studies and dirt being moved.

“We’re very excited about it,” Stensland said. “It’s been a long time coming and we appreciate all of the community’s support over the years to get to this point. We’re very excited to start to turn dirt on this project.”

The infrastructure construction will start next year and will take a total of 2.5 years to complete, Stensland said.

As the project progresses, Stensland asks Marshalltown residents to stay safe.

“We just ask for security reasons that they respect the fence lines,” Stensland said. “Safety is always an issue we want to keep in the forefront. We want to put safety first.”

The power plant will be a combined-cycle and natural gas-fueled generating station.

KBR, of Texas, has been selected as the contractor for the $700 million project.

Marshalltown Economic Development Impact Committee, (MEDIC) has been working with Alliant Energy and KBR to help connect local businesses with the project, said Tom Deimerly, president of MEDIC.

“We are pleased to see the full go ahead,” Deimerly said. “We look forward to seeing the project evolve and all the beneficial things that will come to the community because of it.”

Mayor Jim Lowrance, said this is a project the community has looked forward to for several years.

“I’m very excited and pleased to hear the road is now clear for Alliant Energy to start work on the new power plant,” Lowrance said. “This is great news and as a community we are looking forward to seeing that dirt start flying and the project completed.”

The current Alliant Energy power plant in Marshalltown, is slated to close by 2016.