Coal-Fired Plants in Kansas
Holcomb
Location: KS
Operator: Sunflower Electric Coop
Configuration: 1 X 365 MW
Fuel: bituminous coal, subbituminous coal
Operation: 1983
Boiler supplier: B&W
T/G supplier: GE
EPC: UE&C
Quick facts: In 2003, Holcomb received the new, $6mn GE Power Systems combustion optimization system to reduce NOX emissions and improve boiler operations. The new installation was jointly funded by the U.S. Dept of Energy and Sunflower Electric. In 2004, Holcomb began hosting a full-scale field test of sorbent injection for mercury capture as part of program with participation by ADA Environmental, Alstom, DOE, Electric Power Research Inst (EPRI), Western Fuels Association, and Norit Americas.

Photograph courtesy of Sunflower Electric Coop
Posted 11 Jan 2004

Jeffrey
Location: KS
Operator: Westar Energy
Configuration: 3 X 750 MW
Fuel: subbituminous coal
Operation: 1978-1983
Boiler supplier: CE
T/G supplier: ACPS
EPC: Black & Veatch, Austin Constructors
Quick facts: Jeffrey Energy Center in St Mary's is the largest power plant in Kansas. The total site is 10,500ac, but 7,700ac is leased to farmers and a portion of the remainer comprises the Jeffrey Energy Center Wildlife Area. The plant is jointly-owned by Wester (92%) and Great Plains Inc (8%). Coal burn is 9-10mn tpy.

Photograph courtesy of Westar Energy
Re-posted 1 Sep 2014

La Cygne
Location: KS
Operator: Kansas City Power & Light
Configuration: 1 X 890 MW, 1 X 685 MW
Fuel: subbituminous coal
Operation: 1973-1977
Boiler supplier: B&W
T/G supplier: WH, GE
EPC: Ebasco, Black & Veatch, Daniel
Quick facts: Unit-1 was retrofit with a B&W SCR system in 2007. The project cost $80mn.

Photograph courtesy of Kansas City Power & Light
Re-posted 5 May 2007

Lawrence
Location: KS
Operator: Westar Energy
Configuration: 1 X 60 MW, 1 X 130 MW, 1 X 410 MW
Fuel: subbituminous coal, natural gas
Operation: 1954-1971
Boiler supplier: CE
T/G supplier: GE, WH
EPC: Black & Veatch, Bechtel, Austin
Quick facts: In 2007, Lawrence Energy Center was named plant of the year by the PRB Coal Users Group. The facility was honored for successfully completing an 8yr change-over to PRB coal while passing 1mn man-hours without a lost-time accident.

Photograph courtesy of Power
Posted 1 Aug 2007

Nearman Creek
Location: KS
Operator: Kansas City Board of Public Utilities
Configuration: 1 X 261 MW
Fuel: subbituminous coal
Operation: 1981
Boiler supplier: RS
T/G supplier: WH
EPC: Lutz Daily & Brain
Quick facts: KCBPU bought its first water plant in 1909 and its first power plant in 1912. In Jun 2001, the Missouri River reached record low levels at the site and plant staff and contractors had to scramble to modify the intake structure and circulating water pumps to maintain adequate water flows. An 8-cell mechanical draft cooling tower was completed at Nearman Creek in the summer of 2006. In 2006, an 80-MW GE 7001EA gas turbine was installed at Nearman Creek.

Photograph courtesy of Power
Posted 18 Oct 2008

Riverton
Location: KS
Operator: Empire District Electric Co
Configuration: 3 X 12.5 MW, 1 X 10 MW, 1 X 2 MW, 1 X 25 MW, 1 X 37.5 MW, 1 X 50 MW
Fuel: coal, natural gas
Operation: 1910-1954
Boiler supplier: CD, B&W, CE FW
T/G supplier: AC, GE, WH
Quick facts: In Oct 1909, Consolidated Light, Power and Ice Co, Spring River Power Co, Galena Light and Power Com, and Joplin Light, Power, and Water Co were merged to form The Empire District Electric Co, under its parent company, Cities Services. That summer, work had started on the Riverton PS and the first 12.5-MW units were commissioned in Jul 1910 after only 9mos of construction. Also installed at the plant was "Old Kate", a 5,000-HP, vetical Corliss engine genrator build by Westinghouse and previously used at the 1904 St Louis World's Fair. Units 7&8 were converted to 100% natural gas firing in 2012. All of the steam units except Unit-8 have been closed. Photo taken in Nov 1953.

Photograph courtesy of Empire District Electric Co
Posted 9 Aug 2014

   
Tecumseh
Location: KS
Operator: Westar Energy
Configuration: 1 X 82 MW, 1 X 150 MW
Fuel: subbituminous coal
Operation: 1957-1962
Boiler supplier: CE
T/G supplier: WH
EPC: Black & Veatch
Quick facts: Tecumseh Energy Center celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2000. Development by newly formed Kansas Power & Light Co began in the mid-1920s and the first 6-MW generator went online not long thereafter. The ESPs on the two remaining units were rebuilt and they have been retrofit with LNB/SOFA systems for NOX control.

Photograph courtesy of Westar Energy
Posted 15 Jan 2005

Abbreviations

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

Updated 01-Sep-2014

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