City of Troup has high hopes for possible new natural gas plant

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FGE Power is planning to build their next facility in Troup and Monday night, the Chamber of Commerce held their first 2017 ‘Business After Hours’ to talk about the project. 

According to FGE Power, they are an energy and infrastructure company focused on developing clean, innovative and sustainable utility-scale power generation solutions.

“They’re looking to and have acquired a piece of property out here south of town about 10 miles,” said Troup ISD Superintendent Stuart Bird. “It’s about 300 acres.”

Mr. Bird said he has been in discussion with FGE for about four years now. 

“They say they could supply a great portion of the country with the power they’re going to produce there,” he said.

The project is called FGE Eagle Pines, generating electricity to power over 3.5 million homes.

“This will be one of the cleanest burning power plants in the United States, if not the world,” said Bird.

Monday night, business leaders and people in the community got together to hear the possibility of its more than $200 million of additional tax revenue.

“We kind of cling to the idea that we’re kind of like Mayberry,” said Troup Mayor Joe Carlyle. “We’re still a very individual community with a lot of individual personalities.”

Mayor Carlyle is also in the custom home building business and said people are driven to Troup for its schools.

“There are many programs they would love to put in place, that maybe are not as financially easy to do,” said Carlyle.

Not only will it bring in more money, FGE said Eagle Pines will create more than 800 jobs during construction.

“In the end they’ll have about 50 people that will work there full time,” added Bird. “They’re going to put it back on this piece of property so you will not even be able to see it from the road. They’re trying to be good neighbors to everybody.”

This is not the official announcement of FGE Power’s project, but the city of Troup has high hopes they will be welcoming them soon.

For more information about the project, click here.

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