Tractebel Project Development Inc has announced construction of two gas fired merchant power plants in the USA with a combined generating capacity of 1225MW. The Chehalis power project in Lewis County, Washington, will have a generating capacity of 505MW and will cost $360 million. Startup is scheduled for late 2003 when the plant will sell power into the Northwest Power Pool. The Wise County power plant, in Wise Country, Texas, near Dallas/Fort Worth, will have a generating capacity of 720MW and is also due to be completed in 2003 at a cost of $350 million.