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More on the new ZEROS power plants

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Following up on yesterday’s announcement from Systems International, Inc. saying that company will soon construct two new emissions-free power plants in Liberty and Chambers counties, John Krieg, spokesman for the company, said by phone Thursday afternoon that those two  ZEROS plants, along with one planned for Jefferson County, will be the first of their kind anywhere in the country.

Systems, he said, has been working on developing the necessary financing for the plants for the past couple of years and has had to keep the novel technical aspects of its plant designs under wraps until the company was ready to launch construction.

Krieg said building the plants will create around 200 temporary construction jobs, then once the plants are ready to go into operation, the two power plants together will provide regular employment for a staff of 135 to 140 people. That is how many will be needed for the plants to operate 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. He said the plants are expected to add some $700 million to the local tax bases.

Long term, Systems plans to expand nationwide over the next 10 to 20 years, and Krieg said, they have already received inquiries from interested parties in seven countries overseas.

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