Coal-Fired Plants in the USA - Kentucky
Big Sandy Unit-1
Location: KY
Operator: Kentucky Power Co
Configuration: 1 X 281 MW
Operation: 1963
Fuel: bituminous coal, natural gas
Boiler supplier: B&W
T/G supplier: WH
EPC: AEP, Bechtel
Quick facts: Big Sandy Unit-1 had the first natural draft cooling tower built in the Western Hemisphere. Make up is from the Big Sandy River. The NDT is 245ft in diameter at the base and 230ft tall. Design cooling water flow was 120,000 gpm. The unit was closed on 13 Nov 2015 for coversion to natural gas firing and went back online on 30 May 2016 with an output of 268 MW

Photograph copyright by and courtesy of Smithsonian Institution
Posted 25 Sep 2005

Big Sandy
Location: KY
Operator: Kentucky Power Co
Configuration: 1 X 281 MW, 1 X 820 MW
Operation: 1963-1969 (ret)
Fuel: bituminous coal
Boiler supplier: B&W
T/G supplier: WH
EPC: AEP
Quick facts: Big Sandy is near Louisa. Unit-2 was the first in a series of five similar supercritical units installed on the AEP sysem over a four-year period. An SCR was added for use during the ozone season. The stack is 826ft tall and the cooling tower is 370ft tall. The unit was closed in May 2015.

Photograph courtesy of www.lanereport.com
Posted 12 Apr 2014

Cane Run
Location: KY
Operator: Louisville Gas & Elctric Co
Configuration: 2 X 113 MW, 1 X 147 MW, 1 X 163 MW, 1 X 209 MW
Operation: 1954-1968 (ret)
Fuel: bituminous coal, natural gas
Boiler supplier: FW, CE, RS
T/G supplier: GE, WH
Quick facts: Cane Run has a 540ac site on the Ohio River, 10mi southwest of downtown Louisville. Design fuel was hard coal from western Kentucky and souther Indiana. Fuel burn peaked at about 1.5mn tpy. Construction began in 1952 and Unit-1 went online in Nov 1954. The newer units were retrofit with scrubbers between 1973 and 1979, among the first FGD systems in the USA. In Sep 2011, LG&E said it would replace the remaining units at Cane Run with a new 640-MW CCGT. Units-6 was retired in Mar 2015 and Units 4&5 closed shortly afber the new CCGT went online in Jul 2015.

Photograph courtesy of PPL Corp
Re-posted 19 Nov 2014

Coleman
Location: KY
Operator: Big Rivers Electric Corp
Configuration: 2 X 205 MW, 1 X 192 MW
Operation: 1969-1972
Fuel: bituminous coal, natural gas
Boiler supplier: FW, RS
T/G supplier: WH, GE
EPC: Parsons-Jurden Corp, Ralph M Parsons CO, Cherne Contracting
Quick facts: The Kenneth C Coleman plant is on the Ohio River in Hawseville, Hancock County.

Photograph courtesy of valleywatch.net
Posted 12 Apr 2014

D B Wilson
Location: KY
Operator: Big Rivers Electric Corp
Configuration: 1 X 509 MW
Operation: 1986
Fuel: bituminous coal
Boiler supplier: FW
T/G supplier: WH
EPC: Burns & Roe
Quick facts: The Wilson plant was planned for two units when construction got underway in 1980. In the event, only one unit was completed and it turned out to be one of the most expensive U.S. coal plants to that date on a $/MW basis. The site is in Ohio Co. In 1998, BREC signed a 25yr lease agreement with E.ON whereby its power plants were put under operation by a new operating company. After years of work, the lease agreement was unwound in Jul 2006. A component of the transaction was the initiation of new long-term power contracts with the Century and Rio Tinto Alcan aluminum smelters.

Photograph by Michael Davis
Posted 7 Jan 2010

East Bend-2
Location: KY
Operator: Duke Energy Kentucky Inc
Configuration: 1 X 648 MW
Operation: 1981
Fuel: bituminous coal
Boiler supplier: B&W
T/G supplier: WH
EPC: Sargent & Lundy
Quick facts: East Bend-2 has a B&W wet lime FGD and was retrofit with an SCR system from Foster Wheeler. The plant is in the East Bend Bottoms area of Boone Co and was jointly-developed by Cincinnati Gas & Electric and Dayton Power & Light.

Photograph courtesy of PSI Energy
Posted 21 Nov 2009

Elmer Smith
Location: KY
Operator: Owensboro Municipal Utilities
Configuration: 1 X 151 MW, 1 X 265 MW
Operation: 1964-1974
Fuel: bituminous coal, waste tires
Boiler supplier: CE, B&W
T/G supplier: GE
EPC: Black & Veatch
Quick facts: Owensboro Municipal Utilities is the largest municipal power and water system in Kentucky and the first city power plant went into operation 31 Dec 1900. OMU spent about $150mn on FGD scrubbers and about $50mn on NOX controls at Elmer Smith. In 2006, the plant burned 1.2mn tons of local coal. Unit-1, which has a cyclone furnace, also burned approximately 820,000 chipped tires (8,208 tons), making it one of the largest users of scrap tires in the USA.

Photograph by Scott Mosher
Posted 15 Sep 2007

E W Brown
Location: KY
Operator: Kentucky Utilities Co
Configuration: 1 X 114 MW, 1 X 180 MW, 1 X 495 MW
Operation: 1957-1971
Fuel: bituminous coal
Boiler supplier: B&W, CE
T/G supplier: WH
EPC: Sargent & Lundy, Oberle-Jordre Co, Cherne Contracting Corp
Quick facts: This PS is on Lake Herrington near Harrodsburg. The site also hosts seven gas turbines with 895 MW installed. An SCR system was added to Unit-3 in 2012 and a new baghouse was completed in the winter of 2015/16. E W Brown also has 2-MW thermal post-combustion CO2 capture pilot system. The project wsa built with the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research, and was made possible by a $14.5mn financial assistance award from DOE NREL and cost-share funding from UK, the Kentucky Department of Energy Development and Independence, the Carbon Management Research Group (CMRG), EPRI, and Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems America.

Photograph courtesy of LG&E and KU
Posted 27 Feb 2016

Ghent
Location: KY
Operator: Kentucky Utilities Co
Configuration: 4 X 556 MW
Operation: 1974-1984
Fuel: bituminous coal
Boiler supplier: CE, FW
T/G supplier: GE, WH
EPC: Sargent & Lundy
Quick facts: Ghent is KU's newest and largest coal-fired power plant and it supplies about 75% of the company's electricity with a staff of about 230. The plant is on a 1,700ac site. In Dec 2005, Babcock Power Environmental was awarded a $130mn contract to design, supply, commissioning of wet FGD systems on three units at Ghent and three units at EW Brown powe station. Fluor was the prime EPC contractor. In a contact dating to Feb 2003, Fluor and Babcock Borsig installed SCR on Units 1,3, and 4. KU began business in Dec 1912. In 1998, KU was acquired by LG&E Energy, which owned neighboring utility, Louisville Gas and Electric Co.

Photograph by William McLaughlin (Flickr)
Re-posted 6 Feb 2016

Green River
Location: KY
Operator: Kentucky Utilities Co
Configuration: 2 X 37.5 MW (ret), 1 X 75 MW, 1 X 114 MW
Operation: 1950-1959
Fuel: bituminous coal
Boiler supplier: B&W
T/G supplier: WH
EPC: Sargent & Lundy
Quick facts: This site is on the Green River in western Kentucky. In 1974, some of the first FGD scrubbers in the USA were installed on Units 1&2. In 1995, low Nox burners were installed on Units 3&4. The station burns approximately 400,000 tpy of western Kentucky coal.

Photograph by Michael Davis
Posted 7 Jan 2010

Henderson Two/Reid/Green
Location: KY
Operator: Big Rivers Electric Corp
Configuration: 2 X 180 MW (H2), 1 X 82 MW (RR), 2 X 264 MW (RG)
Operation: 1966-1981
Fuel: bituminous coal
Boiler supplier: RS, B&W
T/G supplier: GE, WH
EPC: Burns & McDonnell, Burns & Roe, Ryan Construction
Quick facts: BREC was founded in 1961 and the coop's launch power project was the Robert A Reid power station. REA funding of $18mn was received in Jul 1962 for the plant and an associated 266mi transmission system. Despite various objections from local power companies, the project proceeded and went commercial on 1 Jan 1966 after 2yrs of construction. The Reid unit cost $11mn and was named after one of the coop founders. In 1973/74, Henderson Municipal Power & Light built two 180-MW units at an adjacent site (photo left) and in the late 1970s, BREC built the two units comprising the Robert D Green station on the other side of the Reid block (photo right).

Photograph by Michael Davis
Posted 13 Feb 2010

John Sherman Cooper
Location: KY
Operator: East Kentucky Power Coop
Configuration: 1 X 100 MW, 1 X 225 MW
Operation: 1965-1969
Fuel: bituminous coal
Boiler supplier: B&W
T/G supplier: GE
EPC: Stanley
Quick facts: This power station in Burnside is named after Sen John Sherman Cooper. Burns & McDonnell was engineer and construction manager for a large APC system retrofit at Unit-2 comprising a baghouse, circulating FGD, and SCR. Construction began in spring 2010 and completed in 2012.

Photograph courtesy of Burns & McDonnell
Posted 26 Jan 2013

Mill Creek
Location: KY
Operator: Louisville Gas & Electric
Configuration: 2 X 356 MW, 1 X 463 MW, 1 X 544 MW
Operation: 1972-1982
Fuel: coal
Boiler supplier: CE, B&W
T/G supplier: GE
EPC: Fluor
Quick facts: Mill Creek burns about 3.7mn tons of coal per year. Fuel was delivered by rail until 1983, when a permanent coal-barge unloading facility was constructed. About 500,000 tpy gypsum from the FGD systems is used for wall board. UK-based Powergen bought LG&E Energy in 2000, and in 2001, Powergen agreed to be acquired by Germany's E.ON. The deal was completed in 2002. In 2003, E.ON transferred LG&E Energy from Powergen to another subsidiary, E.ON US Holdings. In 2003, E.ON transferred LG&E from Powergen to E.ON US Holdings and the compamny agreed to sell the business units to PPL Corp in Apr 2010.

Photograph courtesy of Louisville Gas & Electric Co
Posted 15 Jun 2003

Paradise
Location: KY
Operator: Tennessee Valley Authority
Configuration: 2 X 740 MW (ret), 1 X 1,150 MW
Operation: 1963-1970
Fuel: coal
Boiler supplier: B&W
T/G supplier: GE
EPC: TVA
Quick facts: Paradise is in western Kentucky on the Green River. In 1985, a barge-unloading facility was added so that coal could be delivered by barge as well as by rail and truck. All three units were refit with wet limestone scrubbers. Paradise-2 was the first TVA unit retrofit with SCR and the other two units had systems added later. The supercritical Unit-3 is the largest cyclone-equipped boiler ever built. In Nov 2005, B&W was contracted to supply 23, 10ft diameter forced circulation cyclone furnaces plus related equipment to refit Paradise-3. In Oct 2006, an Advatech FGD system went into service on Unit-3, at the time, the largest single-unit, single-module FGD installation in the world. Design removal efficiency is 98%. From 1 May 2012 to 16 Jan 2013, Unit-2 completed a new long-run record for cyclone boiles of 259 days 16h, 40min. Units 1&2 were retired in Apr 2017 after completion of a new CCGT plant at the site.

Photograph by Michael Davis
Re-posted 7 Jan 2010

Shawnee
Location: KY
Operator: Tennessee Valley Authority
Configuration: 10 X 175 MW
Operation: 1953-1956
Fuel: bituminous coal
Boiler supplier: B&W
T/G supplier: WH
EPC: TVA
Quick facts: Unit-10 was retrofit with a CFB boiler from Combustion Engineering and this is usually considered the first commercial-scale CFB boiler in the world. All units were retrofit with baghouses and the remaining pulverized-coal units have low-Nox burners. In Feb 2007, Shawnee Unit-6 finished a national operating record run of 1,093 days, 11hrs, 24min. The 801ft stacks were added in 1979/80. Unit-10 was retired on 30 Jun 2014.

Photograph courtesy of Tennessee Valley Authority
Posted 30 Dec 2004

Spurlock
Location: KY
Operator: East Kentucky Power Coop
Configuration: 1 X 305 MW, 1 X 508 MW
Operation: 1977-1981
Fuel: coal
Boiler supplier: B&W, CE
T/G supplier: GE
EPC: Stanley
Quick facts: Both units have been retrofit with Alstom SCRs.

Photograph courtesy of Power
Posted 5 Dec 2004

Trimble County
Location: KY
Operator: LG&E
Configuration: 1 X 566 MW, 1 X 834 MW
Operation: 1990-2011
Fuel: bituminous coal
Boiler supplier: CE, MBEL
T/G supplier: GE, Hitachi
EPC: Fluor, Louisville Gas & Electric, Bechtel
Quick facts: The Trimble County site is on the Oho River near Bedford, 50mi northeast of Louisville. Unit-1 began commercial operation in Dec 1990. The unit burns up to 200 tph of coal delivered in 1,500t barges. The site includes a 114ac wildlife preserve composed of wetlands and forested areas. The unit is jointly-owned with Illinois Municipal Electric Agency (12.12%) and Indiana Municipal Power Agency (12.88%). A sister unit plus two up-sized units were in the original site development plant, but in the event, only a single larger coal unit was added at a cost of $1.2bn. HDR was owner's engineer. Trimble County also has 6 X 160-MW GE 7FA gas turbines built in 2004. UK-based Powergen bought LG&E Energy in 2000, and in 2002, Powergen was acquired by E.ON. In 2003, E.ON transferred LG&E from Powergen to E.ON US Holdings and agreed to sell the business units to PPL Corp in Apr 2010.

Photograph courtesy of HDR Inc
Re-posted 13 Apr 2014

Tyrone
Location: KY
Operator: Kentucky Utilities Co
Configuration: 2 X 31 MW, 1 X 75 MW
Operation: 1947-1951 (ret)
Fuel: bituminous coal, oil
Boiler supplier: B&W
T/G supplier: WH
EPC: Sargent & Lundy
Quick facts: Tyrone is in Versailles. Construction started in 1940 and equipment was scheduled for delivery in 1942, but construction was interrupted by the escalation of World War II. KU was asked to give up its commitment to the first unit and it was eventually shipped to Russia. Construction resumed after the war, and first unit went online in 1947. Units 1 &2 closed in 2007 and Unit-3 in 2013. In regular operation, Unit-3 burned about 200,000 tpy of coal.

Photograph courtesy of PPL Corp
Posted 19 Nov 2014

Abbreviations

Data: industcards, Platts UDI World Electric Power Plants Data Base

Updated 21-Apr-2017

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