Coal-Fired Plants in the USA - Alabama
Barry
Location: AL
Operator: Alabama Power Co
Configuration: 2 X 153 MW, 1 X 272 MW, 1 X 404 MW, 1 X 789 MW
Operation: 1954-1971
Fuel: bituminous coal, natural gas
Boiler supplier: CE
T/G supplier: GE, WH
EPC: SCS
Quick facts: Barry is on the west bank of the Mobile River. The plant is named for James M Barry, President of Alabama Power from 1949-1952. Unit-5 is supercritical.

Photograph courtesy of Power
Posted 10 Nov 2010

Colbert
Location: AL
Operator: Tennessee Valley Authority
Configuration: 4 X 200 MW, 1 X 550 MW
Operation: 1955-1965 (ret)
Fuel: bituminous coal
Boiler supplier: B&W
T/G supplier: GE, Parsons
EPC: TVA
Quick facts: Construction of Colbert Steam Plant on the south shore of Pickwick Lake began in 1951, and the first unit went commercial on 18 Jan 1955, The plant is named after George Colbert, a chief of the Chickasaw Indian Nation in the early 19th century. Unit-5 was idled in Oct 2013 and the last unit was closed on 23 Mar 2016.

Photograph courtesy of Tennessee Valley Authority
Posted 30 Dec 2004

Gadsden
Location: AL
Operator: Alabama Power Co
Configuration: 2 X 69 MW CHP
Operation: 1978-1991
Fuel: bituminous coal, natural gas
Boiler supplier: CE
T/G supplier: GE, WH
Quick facts: In 1995, a 5,000ft steam supply line was built to the nearby Goodyear tire plant. Saturated steam flows range from 40-120,000 lbs/hr.

Photograph courtesy of Power
Posted 6 Sep 2006

Gaston
Location: AL
Operator: Alabama Power Co
Configuration: 4 X 272 MW, 1 X 952 MW
Operation: 1960-1974
Fuel: bituminous coal
Boiler supplier: B&W, CE
T/G supplier: GE, WH
EPC: SCS
Quick facts: Plant Gaston is on the Coosa River near Wilsonville in eastern Shelby County. Units 1&2 went online in May and July 1960, respectively. All four of the smaller sets have cross-compund turbines and were retrofit with new Metso contraol systems, Unit-5 is supercritical. Units 2&3 were retrofit with Hamon COHPAC baghouses in 1999 and 1996, respectively. The plant is the official site for the National Carbon Capture Center project, an international initiative launched in 2009 to develop and test CO2 capture technologies for coal-fired plant. The plant is named after Ernest C Gaston, named a VP and Chief Engineer at Southern Electric Generation Co in 1952, president of Southern Services Inc in 1957, and president of SEGC in 1962.

Photograph courtesy of Southern Co
Posted 26 Apr 2014

Gorgas
Location: AL
Operator: Alabama Power Co
Configuration: 3 X 20 MM (ret), 2 X 69 MW (ret), 2 X 125 MW (ret), 2 X 190 MW, 1 X 790 MW
Operation: 1917-1972
Fuel: bituminous coal
Boiler supplier: B&W, CE
T/G supplier: GE, WH
EPC: SCS, Alabama Power Co
Quick facts: Plant Gaston is on the Mulberry Fork of the Black Warrior River near Parrish in Walker County. The first units at the Warrior Reserve Steam Plant went online in 1917 and were built to serve local steel companies and the nirate plants at Muscle Shoals using local coal reserves for fuel. With three sets online at the first plant, a second plant was started across Baker creek from the original installation.The PS was later named after William Crawford Gorgas, an Alabama native, US Army Surgeon General, and pioneer in the field of public health. He played a pivotal role in eradicating yellow fever in the Panama Canal work areas. Units 6&7 were closed in Apr 2015.

Photograph courtesy of Alabamba Power Co
Posted 26 Apr 2014

Green County
Location: AL
Operator: Alabama Power Co
Configuration: 1 X 299 MW, 1 X 269 MW
Operation: 1965-1966
Fuel: bituminous coal, converted to natural gas
Boiler supplier: B&W, RS
T/G supplier: GE
EPC: SCS
Quick facts: Green County is on the Black Warrior River near Demopolis. It is jointly-owned by Alabama Power (60%) and Mississippi Power (40%). PSC contruction approval was obtained in Oct 1962. COD for Unit-1 was 11 Jun 1965 and the second unit went online in Jul 1966. In Aug 2014, Alabama Power announed that the the two steam-electric would be switched to natural gas and the last coal was burned towards the end of Mar 2016. Photo dates to approximately the period of initial operation.

Photograph courtesy of Southern Company
Posted 19 Jan 2013

Charles R Lowman
Location: AL
Operator: PowerSouth
Configuration: 1 X 66 MW, 2 X 258 MW
Operation: 1969-1980
Fuel: bituminous coal
Boiler supplier: BW, RS
T/G supplier: GE
EPC: Burns & McDonnell
Quick facts: Plant Lowman is on the Tombigbee River and is PowerSouth’s primary generating resource. Construction on Unit-1 started in 1965 and work on Units 2&3 began in 1976. The plant burns around 1.5mn tpy of coal transported to the plant by barge and rail. Units 2&3 were designed and installed with FGD systems, some of the first in the USA, and the system was upgraded in 2009 with a Chiyoda CT-121 scrubber serving all three boilers. SCR systems were added to Units 2&3 in 2008.

Photograph courtesy of PowerSouth
Posted 27 Jun 2009

James H Miller
Location: AL
Operator: Alabama Power Co
Configuration: 4 X 706 MW
Operation: 1978-1991
Fuel: bituminous coal
Boiler supplier: B&W
T/G supplier: GE
EPC: SCS
Quick facts: Plant Miller is near West Jefferson. In June 1992, PowerSouth purchased an 8.16% ownership interest in Units 1&2. In Apr 2006, Alabama Power announced it would spend $200mn to retrofit Units 3&4 with SCR and FGD scrubbers. The plant is named for James H Miller Jr, a former Alabama Power executive. The photo shows the plant before the installadion of FGD systems and two short stacks.

Photograph courtesy of Power
Posted 18 Jan 2004

Widows Creek
Location: AL
Operator: Tennessee Valley Authority
Configuration: 6 X 140 MW, 1 X 575 MW, 1 X 550 MW
Operation: 1954-1965 (ret)
Fuel: coal
Boiler supplier: B&W, CE
T/G supplier: GE, BBC
Quick facts: In September 2004, Widows Creek-3 broke the TVA continuous-run mark for fossil units at 616 days. On Dec 30, the plant went to 707 days and set a new all-time running record for fossil or nuclear units of any size. Unit-8 had one of the first full-scale FGD scrubbers built in the USA. This was completed in 1977 and was modeled on a demonstration unit at Shawnee. Units 3&5 were retired on 31 Jul 2013 and Units 1, 2, 4 and 6 were retired on 31 Jul 2014. Unit-8 went offline in Oct 2014 and Unit-7 was closed in Oct 2015.

Photograph courtesy of Tennessee Valley Authority
Posted 16 Jun 2001

Abbreviations

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

Updated 30-Jul-2016

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