AES Somerset is launching a Web site with information about the company’s recently announced $25-million lake unloading project at its electric generating station.

The Web site is being created to provide and receive more detailed information about the project throughout the entire review period, officials said. The Web address is

“It’s important that we share as much as possible with the community and interested stakeholders about this initiative,” said AES Somerset Project Manager Jon Reimann. “Having a Web site specifically dedicated to the project is a good communications tool to do just that.”

Reimann said the company also intends to continue meeting with as many groups and organizations as possible to brief them about the project and answer any questions about the initiative.

AES announced earlier this month its plans to invest $25 million in the project, which will be used to deliver coal and other bulk commodities worth more than $100 million to the plant, via self-unloading ships. The project will generate tax revenue for Niagara County, the town of Somerset and the Barker School District. It also will create more than 100 union jobs over a two-year construction period and maintain 150 jobs at the plant.

“In addition to sharing general information about the project, we will be utilizing the Web site to keep the community informed of various public participation meetings as part of the approval process,” Reimann said. He added there will be other opportunities for community input, including an open house in the near future.

“There are a number of significant mutually beneficial components to this project — for both AES and the community,” he said. The Web site, designed to help the company maintain an open line of communication, was developed by Beyondus, a Youngstown-based marketing communications company.

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