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Biomass fuel plant coming to county
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A new $50 million wood waste-burning energy plant to produce biomass fuel for Santee Cooper will be built in Kershaw County by late 2012. Where the plant will be built in the county has not been revealed but the new facility is expected to generate 20 jobs and add support to logging, trucking and related industries. A 30-year purchase power agreement was approved Monday by the Santee Cooper Board of Directors with Southeast Renewable Energy (SRE) for 45 megawatts (MWs) of biomass-fueled energy, to be produced at three plants, including the one in Kershaw County.