Coal-Fired Plants in the USA - Nebraska & Oklahoma
GRDA
Location: OK
Operator: Grand River Dam Authority
Configuration: 1 X 490 MW, 1 X 520 MW
Fuel: bituminous and subbituminous coal
Operation: 1982-1986
Boiler supplier: FW
T/G supplier: WH, BBC
EPC: UE&C, Benham Holway Power Group
Quick facts: The coal-fired plant complex serves as an informal wildlife sanctuary as the plant cooling pond supports thousands of migratory waterfowl.

Photograph courtesy of Grand River Dam Auth
Posted 31 Jul 2004

Hugo
Location: OK
Operator: Western Farmers Electric Cooperative
Configuration: 1 X 475 MW
Operation: 1982
Fuel: subbituminous coal
Boiler supplier: B&W
T/G supplier: WH
EPC: Burns & McDonnell
Quick facts: In 1976, WFEC began engineering studies for a new coal-fired plant in eastern Oklahoma. In Oct 1977, after considering 51 possible sites, it was announced that the facility would be built near Fort Towson, east of Hugo.The new unit went commercial on 1 Apr 1982.

Photograph courtesy of Western Farmers Electric Cooperative
Posted 21 Dec 2015

Lon D Wright
Location: NE
Operator: Fremont Dept of Utilities
Configuration: 1 X 16.5 MW, 1 X 22 MW, 1 X 91.5 MW
Operation: 1957-1976
Fuel: coal, natural gas
Boiler supplier: B&W, Erie
T/G supplier: GE
EPC: Lutz Daily & Brain
Quick facts: Fremont’s first electric light plant went online in 1895 and continued in limited operation until 1976. Construction on Wright Unit 6 began in 1955 and the unit went commercial in Jan 1958 while Unit-7 came online in Sep 1963. In 1971, construction started on Unit-8 and it went into service in Sep 1976. Units 6&7 were designed with natural gas as the primary fuel and coal as the backup fuel, but coal has been the main fuel since gas shortages in the 1970s.

Photograph courtesy of Fremont Dept of Utilities
Posted 29 Apr 2009

Muskogee 4-6
Location: OK
Operator: Oklahoma Gas & Electric Co
Configuration: 3 X 572 MW
Fuel: subbituminous coal, natural gas
Operation: 1977-1984
Boiler supplier: CE
T/G supplier: WH
EPC: Brown & Root, Zachry, Bechtel
Quick facts: The first two OG&E units built at Muskogee PS in the mid-1920s burned coal coal from eastern Oklahoma mines. They had 22 MW installed. In the 1930s, these units were converted to natural gas and were retired in 1980. The 173-MW gas-fired Unit-3 was added in 1956 at a cost of $20mn: it closed in 2010. After natural gas shortages and price shocks, OG&E built a series of large coal-fired sets including Sooner and Muskogee. Units 4&5 cost about $248mn. Muskogee-6 was the last of the series and cost $380mn. It completed almost a year ahead of schedule and $20mn under budget. Its stack is 500ft tall.

Photograph courtesy of publicradiotulsa.org
Re-posted 21 Dec 2015

Nebraska City
Location: NE
Operator: Omaha Public Power District
Configuration: 1 X 646 MW, 1 X 720 MW
Operation: 1979-2009
Fuel: subbituminous coal
Boiler supplier: FW, IHI
T/G supplier: WH, Toshiba
EPC: Gibbs & Hill, Black & Veatch, Zachry, Kiewit
Quick facts: NC1 went commercial in May 1979. The EPC contractors broke ground for NC2 in Sep 2005 and the unit went commercial on 1 May 2009 at a cost of approximately $710mn. This was the largest single contract ever for the utility. OPPD uses half of the output from Nebraska City-2 and the other half is used by seven other public power entities who are participating in the project including Nebraska Public Power District, Nebraska City Utilities, Falls City Utilities, City of Grand Island Utilities Department, Independence Power & Light, Missouri Joint Electric Utility Commission, and Central Minnesota Municipal Power Agency.

Photograph courtesy of Omaha Public Power District
Re-posted 14 Jul 2009

North Omaha
Location: NE
Operator: Omaha Public Power District
Configuration: 1 X 74 MW, 2 X 109 MW, 1 X 136 MW, 1 X 250 MW
Operation: 1954-1968
Fuel: subbituminous coal, natural gas
Boiler supplier: CE, FW
T/G supplier: GE
EPC: Pioneer, Gibbs & Hill, Gibbs Hill Durham & Richardson
Quick facts: This power station has a 103ac site on the Missouri River. Each unit was upgraded to allow for cycling operation. Design fuel was Kansas coal plus natural gas, but the station now uses PRB coal. Units 1-3 were closed in the spring of 2016.

Photograph courtesy of Omaha Public Power District
Posted 1 Mar 2009

Northeastern 3&4
Location: OK
Operator: AEP
Configuration: 2 X 460 MW
Operation: 1979-1980
Fuel: subbbituminous coal
Boiler: CE
T/G supplier: GE
EPC: B&V, Public Service Oklahoma
Quick Facts: Unit-4 was closed in Mar 2016 as it did not meet upcoming emission standards. Unit-3 has had $100mn worth of new air pollution controls and related equipment installed over the last few years and will remain in operation.

Photograph courtesy of Public Service Oklahoma
Posted 27 Apr 2016

Platte
Location: NE
Operator: Grand Island Utilities
Configuration: 1 X 100 MW
Fuel: subbituminous coal
Operation: 1982
Boiler supplier: CE
T/G supplier: GE
EPC: Lutz Daily & Brain
Quick facts: PGS produces electrical power for approximately 60% of the national average cost and Grand Island's electrical rates are among the state's lowest. A new suite of APC equipment was commissioned in Oct 2014 including a Marsulex SDA FGD and a new baghouse installed in series with the existing ESP. AMEC was the contractor.

Photograph courtesy of Grand Island Utilities
Posted 11 Dec 2004

Shady Point
Location: OK
Operator: AES Corp
Configuration: 2 X 160 MW
Fuel: subbituminous coal
Operation: 1991
Boiler supplier: CE
T/G supplier: Hitachi
EPC: Lummus-Crest
Quick facts: The facility includes a 240 tpd, food grade, liquid and solid carbon dioxide plant, which utilizes process steam. At one time, the plant used about 70% of the coal mined in the state. In total, Shady Point is estimated to put about $60mn/yr into the regional economy. For a time, a 600-MW unit was planned at Shady Point but the project was terminated.

Photograph courtesy of Power
Posted 19 Mar 2005

 
Sheldon
Location: NE
Operator: Nebraska Public Power District
Configuration: 1 X 109 MW, 1 X 120 MW
Operation: 1964-1968
Fuel: coal
Boiler supplier: B&W
T/G supplier: WH, GE
Quick facts: Between 1962 and 1964, this site hosted the Hallam nuclear plant.

Photograph courtesy of Nebraska Public Power District
Posted 12 Feb 2005

Sooner
Location: NE
Operator: OGE& Electric Services
Configuration: 2 X 570 MW
Operation: 1979-1980
Fuel: subbituminous coal
Boiler supplier: CE
T/G supplier: GE
EPC: Brown & Root
Quick facts: This PS is near Red Rock. The project was announced in 1973 and full construction got underway in 1976. Sooner Lake is a 5,600ac cooling reservoir built for the power plant. The stacks are 500ft tall. Two additional units were planned for a time.

Photograph courtesy of OGE Corp
Posted 9 Apr 2014

Abbreviations

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

Updated 14-May-2016

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