PORT HURON, Mich., May 15 /PRNewswire/ -- SEMCO ENERGY, Inc. (NYSE: SEN)
today announced that the Company has been awarded a contract to build a 7 1/2-
mile, 16-inch natural gas line to serve the new Southern Energy, Inc. Power
Generation Plant in Zeeland, MI.
Southern Energy, Inc., a unit of Southern Company, plans to build an 830-
megawatt plant to help supply the growing demand for electricity in the upper
Construction of the natural gas-fired plant is scheduled to begin this
month. The power station is scheduled to begin commercial operation in June
2001 with 300 megawatts of capacity, with the additional 530 megawatts
beginning commercial operation by June 2003.
The gas line will connect the Southern Energy, Inc. plant with ANR
Pipeline's interstate mainline system in the western Michigan community.
"Southern Energy has decided to bring this plant to Zeeland and SEMCO
ENERGY is pleased to support them with a project that will benefit not only
this community but much of the region," said Carl Porter, President and Chief
Operating Officer of SEMCO ENERGY.
SEMCO ENERGY also will own and operate the interconnecting line for a 12-
year period. Maverick Pipeline Services, Inc., a subsidiary of SEMCO ENERGY,
will handle the complete turnkey construction project.
Preliminary work on the pipeline project is currently underway.
Construction of the pipeline is expected to begin this spring with a projected
completion date in early 2001.
SEMCO ENERGY, Inc. is a diversified energy and infrastructure company with
two natural gas divisions providing service to more than 350,000 customers in
Michigan and Alaska. It has two subsidiaries. SEMCO ENERGY VENTURES, owns
and operates businesses involved in gas engineering and quality assurance
services, propane distribution, intrastate pipelines and natural gas storage
in various regions of the United States. Aretech Information Services, Inc.
is a southeastern Michigan-based information technology company specializing
in outsourcing to the mid-range computer market.
SOURCE SEMCO ENERGY, Inc.
Web site: http: //www.semcoenergy.com
CONTACT: Media, Francis R. Lieder, 810-987-2200, ext. 4186, fax, 810-989-4098, or Analysts, Edric R. Mason, 810-989-4104, fax, 810-989-4098, both of SEMCO ENERGY, Inc.