PENWELL - They've cleared a major hurdle.
A proposed clean oil plant has been granted an air quality permit by the State.
The Fort Worth Star Telegram reports that Summit Power was granted the permit early this week by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
Summit Power plans on constructing the nearly two billion dollar clean coal power plant on 600 acres near Penwell in western Ector County.
The first of its kind facility will capture 90-percent of its carbon dioxide emissions.
The CO2 will then be used to help increase production in area oil fields.
It will also be a major economic boon for the area, creating more than 1,000 construction jobs and 150 permanent jobs.
The new plant is expected to be open in 2014.