Coal-Fired Power Plants in California & Nevada
Ace Cogen
Location: CA Operator: Ace Cogen Trona Operating Partners
Configuration: 1 X 108 MW CHP
Operation: 1990
Fuel: bituminous coal, petroleum coke, TDF
Boiler supplier: Foster Wheeler
T/G supplier: Hitachi, MHI
EPC: Black & Veatch
Quick facts: This CFB unit is largest coal-fired cogeneration facility in the state. It is a Qualifying Facility with an agreement to supply power to Southern California Edison until Nov 2015. Steam is supplied to two North American Chemical Co soda ash plants adjacent to the site.

Photograph courtesy of Foster Wheeler
Posted 27 Nov 2005

Mohave
Location: NV
Operator: Southern California Edison Co
Configuration: 2 X 790 MW
Operation: 1971 (ret 2005)
Fuel: subbituminous coal
Boiler supplier: CE
T/G supplier: GE
EPC: Bechtel
Quick facts: Mohave was built on a 2,500ac site in the Sonora Desert adjacent to the Colorado River in Laughlin, Clark Co. It had supercritical boilers and cross-compound steam turbines. The plant was owned by a utility consortium of operator Southern California Edison Co (56%), LADWP (10%), Nevada Power (14%), and Salt River Project (20%). Mohave was the only power plant in the USA that used coal delivered by coal-slurry pipeline. The 18in diameter Black Mesa Pipeline ran 275mi from Peabody's Black Mesa Mine in Kayenta, AZ, and could deliver 660 tph. Four 8mn gallon storage tanks each held the equivalent of 20,000t of dry coal. The slurry transport water was recycled for cooling tower makeup and this and all other wastewater was recycled and reused making Mohave a zero-discharge facility. The plant was shut in Dec 2005 to comply with a consent agreement settling a 1998 CAA lawsuit brought by several environmental groups. About 300 staff lost their jobs. In May 2007, SCE discontinued efforts to restart or sell the plant. Dismantling got underway in Oct 2009 and took about 2yrs and cost $30mn. Plant demolition began with the toppling of the stack on 11 Mar 2011. A Power Plant Trading Card was made for this plant.

Photograph by Brandon Neuman (northernarizonanews.com)
Posted 19 Mar 2011

Mount Poso
Location: CA
Operator: Northern Star Generation LLC
Configuration: 1 X 62 MW
Operation: 1989
Fuel: bituminous coal, petroleum coke, TDF
Boiler supplier: Foster Wheeler
T/G supplier: GEC-Alstom
EPC: Bechtel
Quick facts: This cogeneration plant was originally built by Mt Poso Cogeneration Co, a joint venture of Ahlstrom Development Corp, Pacific Generation Co, and Bechtel Enterprises. The facility provides steam for enhanced oil recovery at the Mt. Poso Field-West and was originally built as a baseload cogen plant under PURPA but deregulation in California starting in 1998 moved it to a cycling merchant-plant business model. In Feb 2012, Greenberry Industrial completed the conversion of Mt Poso to local biomass. The unit was down-rated to 44 MW.

Photograph courtesy of Foster Wheeler
Posted 27 Nov 2005

North Valmy
Location: NV
Operator: NV Energy
Configuration: 1 X 280 MW, 1 X 290 MW
Operation: 1981-1985
Fuel: bituminous coal
Boiler supplier: B&W, FW
T/G supplier: WH, GE
EPC: Stone & Webster
Quick Facts: The plant complex is jointly- owned (50/50) by NV Energy and Idaho Power. NV Energy is the operating company. Coal for the plant is shipped via railroad from various mines in Utah, Wyoming and Colorado.

Photograph courtesy of NV Energy
Posted 6 Apr 2014

Reid Gardner
Location: NV
Operator: NV Energy
Configuration: 3 X 100 MW, 1 X 257 MW
Operation: 1965-1983-1985
Fuel: bituminous coal
Boiler supplier: FW
T/G supplier: GE, WH
EPC: Stearns-Roger Engineering Corp
Quick Facts: RGGS has a 480ac site near Moapa, 52mi northeast of Las Vegas.

Photograph by André Bonacin (Panoramio)
Posted 6 Apr 2014

Rio Bravo Jasmin
Location: CA
Operator: IHI Power Services Corp
Configuration: 1 X 38 MW CHP
Operation: 1989
Fuel: bituminous coal, pet coke
Boiler supplier: CE
T/G supplier: ABB Stal, Brush
EPC: Ultrasystems Engineers & Constructors
Quick Facts: RBJ is near Bakersfield and typically operates during the summer peak demand season. The CFB plant has a 30yr PPA with SCE. Ownership is a 50:50 JV of IHI Power Generation and North American Power Group.

Photograph courtesy of IHI Power Services Corp
Posted 6 Apr 2014

Rio Bravo Poso
Location: CA
Operator: IHI Power Services Corp
Configuration: 1 X 38 MW CHP
Operation: 1989
Fuel: bituminous coal, pet coke
Boiler supplier: CE
T/G supplier: ABB Stal, Brush
EPC: Ultrasystems Engineers & Constructors
Quick Facts: RBP is near Bakersfield and essentially a twin to RIo Bravo Jasmin. typically operates during the summer peak demand season. The CFB plant has a 30yr PPA with PG&E and steam is supplied to nearby oil fields for EOR.. Ownership is a 50:50 JV of IHI Power Generation and North American Power Group.

Photograph courtesy of IHI Power Services Corp
Posted 6 Apr 2014

Stockton Cogen
Location: CA Operator: Ace Products & Chemicals
Configuration: 1 X 55 MW CHP
Operation: 1988
Fuel: bituminous coal, petroleum coke
Boiler supplier: Pyropower
T/G supplier: ABB
EPC: Stearns Catalytic, Schneider Engineers
Quick facts: On 30 Nov 1984, CPC Internaitonal Inc and PG&E signed a SO4 PPA for capacity and energy from the Stockton CFB cogen plant. CPC later leeasd the property plus all rights and obligations associated with the PPA to Air Products.The PPA expired in 2012 and the plant was closed thereafter. There are plans to convert to biomass fuels in the future.

Photograph courtesy of Air Products
Posted 11 Apr 2012

TS Power
Location: NV
Operator: Newmont Mining Corp
Configuration: 1 X 220 MW
Operation: 2008
Fuel: subbituminous coal
Boiler supplier: B&W Canada
T/G supplier: Toshiba
EPC: Fluor
Quick facts: In Jul 2005, B&W received a contract valued at more than $40mn for the boiler, an SCR, and associated auxiliary equipment. The majority of the pressure parts were fabricated by Babcock & Wilcox Beijing Company, Ltd. The final permit requirements for this plant was issued in Dec 2005. The plant is on the TS Ranch in Eureka county and cost about $630mn. Newmont uses about three-quarters of the output to support its Nevada mining operations with the balance sold to Sierra Pacifc Power. TS Power is operated by DTE Energy.

Photograph courtesy of Newmont Mining Corp
Posted 17 Sep 2008

Abbreviations

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

Updated 03-May-2014

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