Coal-Fired Plants in Tennessee
Bull Run
Location: TN
Operator: Tennessee Valley Authority
Configuration: 1 X 950 MW
Operation: 1967
Fuel: coal
Boiler supplier: CE
T/G supplier: GE
EPC: TVA
Quick facts: At completion, Bull Run was the largest coal-fired unit in the world and the second largest unit of any kind trailing only Ravenswood-3 in capacity and topping that unit in steam output. The plant has a unique, supercritical, twin-furnace, single turbine configuration and for many years was the most efficient steam-electric unit in the world. In 1998/99, Emerson retrofit an Ovation plant management system. In 2004, an SCR system was added and an Advatech FGD scrubber was commissioned in Dec 2008.

Photograph courtesy of Tennessee Valley Authority
Re-posted 24 Jun 2015

Cumberland
Location: TN
Operator: Tennessee Valley Authority
Configuration: 2 X 1,300 MW
Operation: 1973
Fuel: coal
Boiler supplier: B&W
T/G supplier: BBC
EPC: TVA
Quick facts: The 1,300-MW units at Cumberland and several other U.S. sites remain the world's largest fossil sets. In 2001, Cumberland generated 18.97mn MWh, the most ever generated by a TVA fossil plant in a single year to that date. FGDs were added to Cumberland in 1994 and SCRs in 2003/04. This photo was taken after the FGD retrofit and shows the two 600ft stacks added behind the original 1000ft stacks. To the right is the plant's 500kV switchyard.

Photograph by Michael Davis
Re-posted 7 Jan 2010

Gallatin
Location: TN
Operator: Tennessee Valley Authority
Configuration: 2 X 300 MW, 2 X 327 MW
Operation: 1956-1959
Fuel: coal
Boiler supplier: CE
T/G supplier: WH
EPC: TVA
Quick facts: Groundbreaking for Gallatin was on 11 May 1953 and the plant went commercial on 8 Nov 1956 at at cost of $143.4mn. In 1994, the boilers were retrofit with low-Nox burners and overfire air systems by International Combustion. In 2002, Gallatin-1 set a continuous-run record, operating without interruption for 335 days. That surpassed its old record of 290 days, set in 1999.

Photograph by Michael Davis
Re-posted 7 Jan 2010

Hales Bar
Location: TN
Operator: Tennessee Valley Authority
Configuration: 2 X 20 MW
Operation: 1924 (ret)
Fuel: bituminous coal
Boiler supplier: B&W
T/G supplier: ??
Quick facts: This was the only fossil power plant built by the Chattanooga and Tennessee River Power Co. It was taken over by TVA in 1939, placed in reserve in 1956, and retired in Oct 1963.

Photograph courtesy of www.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Posted 24 Dec 2015

John Sevier
Location: TN
Operator: Tennessee Valley Authority
Configuration: 4 X 200 MW
Operation: 1955-1957 (ret)
Fuel: coal
Boiler supplier: CE
T/G supplier: GE
EPC: TVA
Quick facts: Construction on John Sevier started in 1952. The plant was named after Tennessee's first governor. Units 1&2 retired on 31 Dec 2012 and Units 3&4 retired on 25 Jun 2014.

Photograph courtesy of Tennessee Valley Authority
Posted 29 Dec 2004

Johnsonville
Location: TN
Operator: Tennessee Valley Authority
Configuration: 4 X 125 MW, 2 X 147 MW, 4 X 173 MW
Operation: 1951-1959
Fuel: bituminous coal
Boiler supplier: CE, FW
T/G supplier: GE, WH
EPC: TVA
Quick facts: Johnsonville Fossil Plant is located on the east bank of the Tennessee River near Waverly. It is the oldest fossil plant still on the TVA system as construction began in 1949 and the first unit came online in 1952. Unit-3 operated without interruption for 617 days between September 1995 and June 1997, setting a TVA record that stood until Sep 2004. Units 5-10 were idled in 2012-2013 and retired on 31 Dec 2015. A Power Plant Trading Card was made for this plant.

Photograph courtesy of Tennessee Valley Authority
Posted 19 Feb 2012

Kingston
Location: TN
Operator: Tennessee Valley Authority
Configuration: 4 X 175 MW, 5 X 200 MW
Operation: 1954-1955
Fuel: coal
Boiler supplier: CE
T/G supplier: GE
Quick facts: When commissioned in Feb 1954 (approx date of photo), Kingston was the world's largest coal-fired power station. The original stacks were later replaced by two 1,000ft stacks. In Nov 2009, the first of two Advatech FGD scrubbers were added at Kingston in 2009 along with a 400ft stack. The tall stacks were taken out of service.

Photograph courtesy of Tennessee Valley Authority
Re-posted 7 Nov 2009

T H Allen
Location: TN
Operator: Tennessee Valley Authority
Configuration: 3 X 330 MW
Operation: 1958-1959
Fuel: bituminous coal
Boiler supplier: B&W
T/G supplier: WH
Quick facts: The plant was built by the Memphis Light, Gas, and Water Division, leased to TVA in 1965, and purchased outright by TVA in 1984. Units 2&3 were retrofit with SCRs in May 2002.

Photograph courtesy of Tennessee Valley Authority
Posted 15 Dec 2001

Watts Bar
Location: TN
Operator: Tennessee Valley Authority
Configuration: 4 X 60 MW
Operation: 1942-1945 (ret)
Fuel: bituminous coal
Boiler supplier: B&W
T/G supplier: GE
EPC: TVA
Quick facts: Construction of the Watts Bar Steam Plant in Spring CIty, Rhea Co, was authorized 31 Jul 1940 and was fast-tracked to power military-related manufacturing in the area. It was the first coal-fired plant designed and built by TVA. Construction began on 8 Aug 1940 taking advantage of the crews, equipment and facilities in place for construction of Watts Bar HPP, which was started in 1939. A rail line was already in place along the south and east side of the plant site, and additional sidings were constructed to the site to convey materials. Originally, two 60-MW units were authorized, with a third added in Apr 1941, and a fourth in Dec 1941. Unit-B commissioned in Feb 1942, followed by Units A, C and D in Mar 1942, Feb 1943, and Apr 1945, respectively. The plant was shutdown from 1957 to 1972, restarted with new ESPs, placed in reserve in 1982, and formally retired in 1997 when its operating permits lapsed.

Photograph courtesy of www.rustyviews.com
Posted 24 Dec 2015

Abbreviations

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

Updated 25-Feb-2017

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