That sounds like something that could provide enough power andHVAC for a small city. In this case, the "city" is the Borgata, the$1 billion, 2,000-room casino/hotel that Boyd Gaming and MGM Mirageare building in this city's Marina District. City indeed: At peakoperation beginning next summer, the Borgata could have as many as10,000 people on the premises at any given time.

Everything about the Borgata is big (its casino alone will be120,000 sf), and that includes its power and HVAC source. It'scurrently being built by Marina Energy, a subsidiary of the Folsom,NJ-based South Jersey Industries. Marina Energy has a 20-yearcontract to be the Borgata's energy source of choice.

The 26,000-sf facility will sit on a site directly adjacent tothe hotel. "With the construction of this production facility, it'sour hope to promote economic growth in the city and county,"according to Charles Biscieglia, president of SJI. He notes thatthe new thermal plant will be readily expandable.

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