The DTE Energy Blue Water Energy Center, a $1 billion project in St. Clair County’s East China Township, is on schedule for an early 2022 opening of a new gas-fired power plant according to DTE Energy. DTE invited media on site in mid-June to see the progress that has been made at the plant.
Michael Banks will be the plant manager of the new Blue Water Energy Center and says a few hundred workers currently call the job-site home. Once completed, he will be directly in charge of the up to 40 full time workers at the new plant. The Blue Water Energy Center is expected to replace much of the generating capacity of several DTE coal plants, including the neighboring St. Clair Power Plant, once it is operational.
The utility also says there will be no job losses once the St. Clair Plant closes, with many workers expected to retire and others to be transferred to other plants. Work on the approximately 1200 megawatt plant is being performed by the Kiewit Corporation.
Check out VIDEO from Everything Blue Water TV with views of the construction site and on-site interviews.