Coal-Fired Plants in Arkansas, Louisiana & Mississippi
Big Cajun II
Location: LA
Operator: NRG Energy
Configuration: 3 X 611 MW
Fuel: subbituminous coal
Operation: 1981-1983
Boiler supplier: RS, B&W
T/G supplier: GE
EPC: Burns & Roe, Bovay
Quick facts: Big Cajun II is outside Baton Rouge. It was developed and built by Cajun Electric Power Coop and acquired by NRG with other coop assets in May 2000 after CEPC declared bankruptcy. A fourth unit was in development from 2005 to early 2010. The plant has been permitted for biomass combustion.

Photograph by Scott Mosher
Posted 8 Feb 2012

Dolet Hills
Location: LA
Operator: Cleco Power
Configuration: 1 X 650 MW
Fuel: lignite
Operation: 1986
Boiler supplier: FW
T/G supplier: WH
EPC: S&L, Austin Constructors
Quick facts: When built, Dolet Hills was jointly-owned by Central Louisiana Electric and Southwestern Electric Power. The plant fires lignite mined nearby.

Photograph courtesy of Cleco Corp
Posted 4 Sep 2002

Flint Creek
Location: AR
Operator: Southwestern Electric Power Co
Configuration: 1 X 558 MW
Fuel: subbituminous coal
Operation: 1978
Boiler supplier: BW
T/G supplier: GE
EPC: Sargent & Lundy, Austin
Quick facts: Flint Creek is a 50:50 JV of SWEPCO and Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp. COD was 1 Jul 1978. This was both the first completed joint power project in Arkansas and the first full-size, modern coal-fired plant in the state. The plant cooling lake is open to the public for recrreational use.

Photograph courtesy of SWEPCO
Posted 11 Feb 2012

Independence
Location: AR
Operator: Entergy Arkansas
Configuration: 2 X 800 MW
Fuel: subbituminous coal
Operation: 1983-1984
Boiler supplier: CE
T/G supplier: GE
EPC: Chas T Main, Brown & Root
Quick facts: Independence is jointly owned by a group of nine municipal, coop, investor-owned, and deregulated power companies. It is a sister plant to White Bluff SES

Photograph courtesy of Entergy Arkansas
Posted 9 Apr 2002

Jack Watson
Location: MS
Operator: Mississippi Power Co
Configuration: 2 X 75 MW (ret), 1 X 112 MW, 1 X 250 MW, 1 X 500 MW
Operation: 1955-1961
Fuel: natural gas
Boiler supplier: CE, RS, FW
T/G supplier: GE
EPC: Southern Co
Quick facts: Units 1-3 are gas fired and units 4&5 were originally coal-fired. They were converted to natural gas firing per an Aug 2014 agreement with the Sierra Club. Jack Watson PS was flooded by Hurricane Katrina in Aug 2005. Units 1&2 were retired on 13 Jul 2015.

Photograph by Scott Mosher
Re-posted 15 Jul 2015

John W Turk
Location: AR
Operator: Southwestern Electric Power Co
Configuration: 1 X 672 MW
Fuel: subbituminous coal
Operation: 2012
Boiler supplier: B&W
T/G supplier: Alstom
EPC: Shaw, CB&I, B&W
Quick facts: This was the first modern USC generating unit in the USA. The 2,800ac site is north of Fulton, in Hempstead Co. Construction began in Nov 2008 and the unit went commercial on 20 Dec 2012. About 12.8mn manhours were expended on the $1.7bn facility. It is jointly-owned by AEP/SWEPCO (73%), Arkansas Electric Cooperative (12%), East Texas Electric Cooperative (8%), and Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (7%). The plant is named for John W Turk Jr, president and CEO of SWEPCO from 1983-1988.

Photograph courtesy of SWEPCO
Posted 22 Dec 2012

Plum Point
Location: AR
Operator: Dynegy Midwest Generation Inc
Configuration: 1 X 720 MW
Fuel: subbituminous coal
Operation: 2010
Boiler supplier: IHI
T/G supplier: Toshiba
EPC: B&V, Zachry, Kiewit
Quick facts: Plum Point is on the Mississippi River in Osceola. The developer was LS Power Development in a JV with Empire District Electric Co, East Texas Electric Cooperative, Municipal Energy Agency of Mississippi (MEAM) and Missouri Joint Municipal Electric Utility Commission, representing seven municipalities in Arkansas and Missouri. Goldman Sachs arranged the complex, $975mn financing packages for the project. Ground-breaking was on 31 May 2006 and the plant was declared in service before the 15 Aug 2010 contractual deadline.

Photograph courtesy of Empire District Electric Co
Posted 18 Aug 2010

Red Hills
Location: MS
Operator: PurEnergy LLC
Configuration: 1 X 490 MW
Fuel: lignite, natural gas, wood
Operation: 2002
Boiler supplier: Alstom
T/G supplier: Toshiba
EPC: Bechtel
Quick facts: This $500mn IPP project has two CFB boilers feeding a single T/G set. Construction on the 3,000ac site started in Nov 1998 after 3yrs of development work by Tractebel Power. In 2002, the facility was acquired by SE Choctaw LLC, an affilate of Southern Co, but was opeated by GDF SUEZ until 1 Mar 2013 when PurEnergy took over plant O&M. Red Hill Mine delivers about 10,000 tpd of lignite to the power station and electricity is sold to TVA.

Photograph courtesy of Suez Energy North America
Posted 28 Jun 2006

Rodemacher
Location: LA
Operator: Cleco Power
Configuration: 1 X 446 MW, 1 X 558 MW
Fuel: subbituminous coal, natural gas, oil
Operation: 1975-1982
Boiler supplier: B&W, FW
T/G supplier: GE
EPC: S&L, Brown & Root
Quick facts: Unit-1 is 100% owned by Cleco Corp and gas-fired. Unit-2 is jointly owned by Cleco Power, Lafayette Utilities System and Louisiana Electric Power Authority (LEPA) and is coal-fired. The plant’s 3,000ac cooling lake is open to the public for recreational purposes.

Photograph courtesy of Cleco Corp
Posted 3 Sep 2002

Rodemacher Unit 3
Location: LA
Operator: Cleco Power
Configuration: 1 X 660 MW
Fuel: pet coke, coal
Operation: 2010
Boiler supplier: FW
T/G supplier: Hitachi
EPC: Shaw
Quick facts: This $1bn project took 6yrs to develop and build. Up to 2,100 workers were on site during the construction program. Construction began in May 2006 and commercial operation was declared on 12 Feb 2010. Rodemacher-3 has twin CFB boilers driving a single T/G set.

Photograph courtesy of Cleco Corp
Posted 31 Mar 2010

V J Daniel
Location: MS
Operator: Mississippi Power Co
Configuration: 2 X 548 MW
Fuel: bituminous coal
Operation: 1977-1981
Boiler supplier: CE
T/G supplier: WH
EPC: SCS, Brown & Root
Quick facts: Plamt Daniel in Jackson Co is named for named for Victor J Daniel Jr, Mississippi Power's fourth president. Construction began in Apr 1973 and Unit-1 commissioned on 6 Sep 1977. Unit-2 followed on 1 Jun 1981. The units are jointly-owned on a 50:50 basis by Mississippi Power and Gulf Power. Low Nox burners were retrofit to Units 1&2 in 2010 and 2008, respectively.

Photograph courtesy of Southern Co
Posted 9 Apr 2014

White Bluff
Location: AR
Operator: Entergy Arkansas
Configuration: 2 X 850 MW
Fuel: subbituminous coal
Operation: 1980-1981
Boiler supplier: CE
T/G supplier: GE
EPC: Chas T Main, Brown & Root
Quick facts: In Aug 1973, Arkansas Power & Light, then a subsidiary of Middle South Utilities (MSU), applied to the PSC to build and operate a four-unit, 3,200-MW plant called White Bluff on the west bank of the Arkansas River in Redfield, 24mi south south of Little Rock. If fully realised, White Bluff SES would have been one of the largest coal-fired plants in the world. After some years of discussion and redesign, two units were approved to be equipped with a single 1,000ft stack. Full construction began in 1975 and Unit-1 went commercial in Aug 198 followd by Unit-2 in Jul 1981. The plant is jointly-owned by Entergy Arkansas (57%), Arkansas Electric Cooperative (35%), City of Jonesboro (5%), City of Conway (2%), and City of West Memphis (1%).

Photograph courtesy of www.arkansasbusiness.com
Posted 11 May 2014

Abbreviations

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

Updated 15-Jul-2015

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