Ground was recently broken in Ponca City for a $110 million cogeneration facility by Continental Carbon.
Dennis J. Hetu, President and CEO from Houston helped with the ceremonies.
Continental Carbon plans to construct the new facility behind its existing carbon black manufacturing plant south of Ponca City.
“This will allow the company to be free from the grid,” explained Hetu. “This is part of the plan for the company to be green.”
He said the cogen plant will recover energy derived from the production process and convert the energy to electricity.
“The combined systems will allow Continental Carbon to convert waste energy to 29 megawatts of usable energy and further reduce the emission footprint on the environment,” added Hetu.
Work on the new plant is expected to be completed in 2018. The new plant will create 30 new jobs.
Continental Carbon has been at Ponca City since 1995 and the operation is considered to be the company’s largest plant.