Coal-Fired Plants in the USA - Virginia
Birchwood
Location: VA
Operator: GE Power Systems
Configuration: 1 X 242 MW
Operation: 1996
Fuel: bituminous coal, natural gas
Boiler supplier: ABB
T/G supplier: GE
EPC: SCS, Metric
Quick facts: Birchwood was developed by predecessors to Mirant Corp, which sold its interest sold to GE Power in 2003. Cogentrix is a 50% owner.

Photograph courtesy of National Energy Technology Laboratory
Posted 24 Oct 2004

Bremo
Location: VA
Operator: Dominion Virginia Power
Configuration: 1 X 69 MW, 1 X 185 MW
Operation: 1950-1958
Fuel: natural gas
Boiler supplier: B&W
T/G supplier: Westinghouse
EPC: Stone & Webster
Quick facts: A pair of 15-MW units at Bremo entered operation in 1931 and these were retired in 1972. Unit-4 was retrofit with a Mobotec rotating overfire air system and Rotamix SNCR for NOX control. In Feb 2008, Dominion proposed to convert Bremo from bituminous coal to natural gas fuel as part of its plan to construct the Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center in Wise County. Coal burning stopped in Sep 2013 and the 10mo, $53.4mn conversion was completed in Jun 2014.

Photograph courtesy of Dominion Virginia Power
Re-posted 22 Sep 2013

Chesapeake
Location: VA
Operator: Dominion Virginia Power
Configuration: 2 X 118 MW, 1 X 172 MW, 1 X 230 MW
Operation: 1950-1958 (ret)
Fuel: bituminous coal
Boiler supplier: CE, B&W
T/G supplier: GE, Westinghouse
EPC: Stone & Webster
Quick facts: This facility was built as the Portsmouth Power Station but its name was changed in 1983 to reflect more accurately its location. The station's units all burned coal until the late 1960s. Federal requirements and the shrinking price of oil then prompted a change to burn oil in the 1970s. Thereafter, oil prices increased again and Units 3&4 were re-converted to coal by the early 1980s. Units 1&2 were reconverted and uprated from 101 MW and returned to service in 1987. The four Chesapeake units were among a dozen oil-fired units converted Dominion to burn coal - the largest coal conversion program in the nation. Chesapeake also has eight gas turbines. The coal units were retired on 31 Dec 2014.

Photograph courtesy of Dominion Virginia Power
Re-posted 22 Apr 2015

Chesterfield
Location: VA
Operator: Dominion Virginia Power
Configuration: 1 X 110 MW, 1 X 181 MW, 1 X 344 MW, 1 X 693 MW, 2 X 214 MW CCGT
Operation: 1963-1992
Fuel: coal, oil, natural gas
Boiler supplier: CE
T/G supplier: GE, Westinghouse
EPC: Stone & Webster
Quick facts: This is the largest fossil-fueled power station in Virginia. Units 1&2 were retired in 1982 and replaced by two CCGT blocks. Units 3-6 have been retrofit with Alstom SCRs. In Dec 2005, Shaw Group was awarded a contract to retrofit an FGD scrubber on Unit-6 and this was dedicated in May 2008. A baghouse was also added. In total, Dominion plans $650mn in environmental improvements at the plant.

Photograph courtesy of Dominion Virginia Power
Re-posted 15 Jun 2008

Clinch River
Location: VA
Operator: Appalachian Power Co
Configuration: 3 X 238 MW
Operation: 1958-1961
Fuel: natural gas, formerly bituminous coal
Boiler supplier: B&W
T/G supplier: GE
EPC: AEP
Quick facts: This plant is on the Clinch River near Carbo, Russell County. It has cross-compound T/G sets. The PS made power generation history in 1960 when it became the first power station ever to operate over a full calendar year at a heat rate below 9,000 btu/kWh. In 2016, two units were converted to natural gas firing and the third unit was retired. The two converted sets have been able to produce up to 242 MW each.

Photograph courtesy of AEP
Re-posted 22 Apr 2015

Clover
Location: VA
Operator: Old Dominion Electric Coop
Configuration: 2 X 465 MW
Operation: 1995-1996
Fuel: bituminous coal
Boiler supplier: CE
T/G supplier: Westinghouse
EPC: Black & Veatch, Zachry
Quick facts: This $1.2bn power station is on the Staunton River in Halifax County. About a third of the original investment was used for pollution control equipment. The project is a 50:50 partnership of ODEC and Dominion Virginia Power. ODEC’s share goes to 11 member cooperatives located in Virginia, Maryland and Delaware, which serve more than 568,000 customers.

Photograph courtesy of Dominion Virginia Power
Posted 24 Nov 2009

Glen Lyn 5&6
Location: VA
Operator: Appalachian Power Co
Configuration: 1 X 100 MW, 1 X 238 MW
Operation: 1944-1957 (ret)
Fuel: bituminous coal
Boiler supplier: B&W, CE
T/G supplier: GE
EPC: AEP
Quick facts: When it was cllosed in 2015, Unit-5 was the oldest and smallest unit remaining on the AEP system. When it went online, it was the largest thermal genrating unit in the SE USA. Unit-6 was the first of six sister units deployed on the AEP system.

Photograph courtesy of AEP
Posted 21 Sep 2005

Potomac River
Location: VA
Operator: Mirant
Configuration: 2 X 92 MW, 3 X 110 MW
Operation: 1949-1957 (ret)
Fuel: bituminous coal
Boiler supplier: CE
T/G supplier: GE
Quick facts: When Potomac River was built in the late 1940s, the site was in a relatively isolated position, but since then, the surrounding region has been intensively developed. In 2000, the plant was acquired by Mirant from Potomac Electric Power Co and thereafter, the facility was the centerpiece of a complex environmental and regulatory debate concerning its operating status. In regular operation, the plant burned an average of 3,800 tpd of low-sulfur coal. All five units had low Nox burners and SOFA (Separated Over Fire Air) systems were installed on Units 3-5 in 2005. A variety of other environmental improvements were completed. After years of decliing usage due to market conditions and other factors, Potomac River was closed on 30 Sep 2012 with 16,000t of coal still in the yard.

Photograph by Dave Anderson
Posted 10 Jun 2006

Virginia City Hybrid
Location: VA
Operator: Dominion Virginia Power
Configuration: 1 X 668 MW
Operation: 2012
Fuel: bituminous coal, waste coal, biomass
Boiler supplier: FW
T/G supplier: Toshiba
EPC: Shaw
Quick facts: Ground-breaking at Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center was on 14 Aug 2009 and the unit went commercial on 10 Jul 2012, on time and to the $1.8bn budget. The plant has two CFB boilers and a single T/G set. Fuel burn will include up to 2.8mn tpy of coal and about 537,000 tpy of biomass. Allied Environmental built the semi-dry circulating fluidized-bed FGD scrubber and other APC equipment and SPX supplied the air-cooled condenser system.

Photograph courtesy of Dominion Virginia Power
Posted 11 Jul 2012

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Updated 10-Dec-2016

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