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Biofuel plant on track
Investment expected to create 20 new jobs
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Kershaw County Council was expected to give final approval Tuesday night to an option for Southeast Renewable Energy LLC (SRE) to buy 30 acres at the county landfill site for the construction of a $50 million wood waste-burning energy plant to produce biomass fuel for Santee Cooper. The plant is expected to generate 20 new jobs during the next five years, according to officials with Kershaw County, the S.C. Department of Commerce and the Central SC Alliance. A 30-year purchase power agreement was approved in September by the Santee Cooper Board of Directors with Southeast Renewable Energy (SRE) for the production of 45 megawatts (MWs) of biomass-fueled energy.