BOUNTIFUL -- With a new power generating plant coming online, city leaders have taken steps to ensure the facility will have a ready supply of natural gas to fire the new turbines.
The city council recently approved a long-term base contract with British Petroleum to supply natural gas for the new facility. The council also gave authority to the staff to negotiate any minor variations to the pact, as they are deemed necessary.
The city has purchased small amounts of natural gas from the petroleum company in the past, but with the new generating facility at approximately 200 West in place, the need is about 10 times what it has been in the past, according to Rusty Mahan, city attorney.
The $25 million power generating project involved converting five older engines at the plant with two natural gas powered turbines, which are expected to reduce emissions and be more efficient.