A groundbreaking was held Wednesday afternoon on a gas-fired power plant by South Field Energy in Wellsville.

The state-of-the art facility will bridge an energy gap for the state. No matter what happens to coal or nuclear energy decades from now, the plant that’s being built right now will still be in operation.

The facility will become one of the most energy efficient and environmentally friendly facilities in the United States.

The project, expected to be completed in 2021, will employ 1,000 construction workers and 25 full-time workers upon completion.