RALEIGH – Capital Power Operations is moving ahead with plans to shut down a power plant near Southport in Brunswick County and also is closing a power plant in Roxboro.

According to notices filed with the North Carolina Department of Commerce, the closures are permanent and ake effect March 31.

Capital Power announced its intention of closing the Brunswick plant last fall.

Some 44 workers will be affected at Southport.

Another 29 will be laid off in Roxboro.

According to the Wilmington StarNews, the decision to close the Southport plant came “is closing because its power purchase agreement – a contract in which one company generates power and another uses it – expires at the end of March.” The company was fined more than $470,000 last year for enviromental violations.

The Roxboro plant utilizes “a variety of solid fuel sources,” according to the company website.