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US wholesale energy retailer Southern Power has expanded its Mankato Energy Center natural gas plant.

The energy provider has installed a second combined cycle unit at the plant.

The project created 250 jobs during construction and was completed on time and under budget.

The natural gas plant produces up to 760MW of generation for the region.

The aim is to meet growing energy demand. The plant provides energy to customers of Xcel Energy as part of a 20 year agreement with the utility.

Southern Power is awaiting regulatory approval to sell the Mankato Energy Center to Xcel Energy-Minnesota for $650 million by the third quarter of 2019.

Southern Power President Bill Grantham, said: “Together, the team applied their considerable skills and expertise to make the project a success while demonstrating a strong commitment to safety.”