Coal-Fired Power Plants in the USA - North & South Carolina
Asheville
Location: NC
Operator: Progress Energy Carolinas
Configuration: 2 X 207 MW
Operation: 1964-1971
Fuel: coal
Boiler supplier: RS, B&W
T/G supplier: WH, GE
EPC: Ebasco, Brown & Root
Quick facts: From 2005-2007, B&W and WorleyParsons completed a retrofit of FGD scrubbers and SCR systems at Asheville. The FGD at Asheville-1 was the first in North Carolina when completed in Nov 2005.

Photograph courtesy of www.carolinapublicpress.org
Re-posted 11 Dec 2013

Buck
Location: NC
Operator: Duke Energy Carolinas
Configuration: 2 X 38 MW, 1 X 80 MW, 1 X 40 MW, 2 X 125 MW
Operation: 1926-1953 (ret)
Fuel: bituminous coal
Boiler supplier: CE
T/G supplier: GE
EPC: Duke Power
Quick facts: This plant on the Yadkin river is named after James Buchanan "Buck" Duke, founder of Duke Power Co. Construction on Units 1&2 started 23 Nov 1925 and the units went commercial on 18 Oct and 6 Nov 1926, respectively. The two sets were retired in 1979. Coal used at Buck was mostly sourced from KY, VA, and WV. Unit-3 had a GE J-1 steam turbine and went commercial on 8 Jun 1941. When it retired on 20 May 2011, it had run for almost 70yrs , the longest service record of any unit in GE's fleet of large steam T/G sets.

Photograph courtesy of Duke Power
Posted 6 Sep 2009

Belews Creek
Location: NC
Operator: Duke Energy Carolinas
Configuration: 2 X 1,120 MW
Operation: 1974-1975
Fuel: bituminous coal
Boiler supplier: B&W
T/G supplier: WH
EPC: Duke Power
Quick facts: This large power station on Belews Lake in Stokes County has supercritical, cross-compound units and consistently ranks among the most efficient coal-fired facilities in the USA. Annual coal burn is about 6.1mn tons. Cooling water is provided by Belews Lake, a man-made reservoir built with the power plant. In 2003/04, Duke completed a $450mn program to retrofit Babock Power SCR systems at Belews Creek, the largest such project in the nation to that date with a peak construction work force of over 2,000. The SCR catalysts and ancillary equipment are housed in two 30-story steel structures and reduce NOX emissions by up to 85%. In May 2005, Duke initiated construction of a $500mn FGD scrubber retrofit project. The Alstom equipment is expected to reduce SO2 emissions by up to 95% with significant reductions in mercury emissions as well. Stone & Webster was EPC contractor for the FGD.

Photograph courtesy of Duke Power
Re-posted 4 Aug 2010

Cape Fear 5&6
Location: NC
Operator: Duke Energy Carolinas
Configuration: 1 X 140 MW, 1 X 160 MW
Operation: 1956-1958 (ret)
Fuel: bituminous coal
Boiler supplier: CE
T/G supplier: WH
EPC: Duke Power
Quick facts: Cape Fear is on the Cape Fear River near Moncure in Chatham Co. The first units began operation in 1923. The T/G sets were later repowered from Frame 5 GE gas turbines. Two 31-MW six coal-fired units were retired in 1994. The remaining two coal-fired units, along with one of four oil-fueled combustion turbine units on site, were retired in Oct 2012. The remaining stacks were demolished in Aug 2014.

Photograph courtesy of Duke Power
Posted 27 Aug 2014

Cliffside 5&6 (James E Rogers)
Location: NC
Operator: Duke Energy Carolinas
Configuration: 1 X 571 MW, 1 X 878 MW
Operation: 1972-2012
Fuel: bituminous coal
Boiler supplier: CE, Babcock-Hitachi
T/G supplier: GE. Toshiba
EPC: Bechtel, Shaw
Quick facts: Cliffside-6 started construction on 30 Jan 2008 and went commercial on 30 Dec 2012. The project in Mooresboro cost about $1.8bn and resulted in 1,600 new construction jobs and an annual construction payroll of about $100mn. Units 1-4 were retired when Unit-6 went commercial. The new unit has Alstom's NID scrubber system with modifications to remove 99% of SO2 and 90% of mercury from the flue gas. A scrubber was also added to Unit-5 in 2011. In Dec 2013, Cliffside Steam Station was renamed the James E Rogers Energy Complex, after the outgoing chairman, president and CEO of Duke Energy. He had served in this position since Duke's merger with Cinergy in 2006.

Photograph courtesy of Duke Power
Re-posted 5 Jan 2013

Cross
Location: SC
Operator: Santee Cooper
Configuration: 1 X 540 MW, 1 X 620 MW, 2 X 600 MW
Operation: 1984-2008
Fuel: bituminous coal
Boiler supplier: CE, FW, Alstom
T/G supplier: GE
EPC: Burns & Roe, Gilbert-Commonwealth, Parsons E&C
Quick facts: The site was originally designed for four units. Unit-3 was authorized in Sep 2001 -- construction started in Apr 2004 and the unit went commercial on 1 Jan 2007. The construction workforce peaked at 1,810. The unit cost $675mn, of which $205mn was invested in air-pollution control equipment including SCR, a wet limestone FGD from Babcock Power, and continuous emissions monitoring equipment. Unit-4 went commercial on 1 Oct 2008, 3mos ahead of schedule. The budget for Unit-4 was $755mn. Cross thereby becme the largest coal-fired plant in the Carolinas.

Photograph courtesy of Santee Cooper
Re-posted 17 Mar 2007

Grainger
Location: SC
Operator: Santee Cooper
Configuration: 2 X 85 MW (ret)
Operation: 1966
Fuel: bituminous coal
Boiler supplier: Riley
T/G supplier: GE
EPC: Burns & Roe
Quick facts: Grainger was owned by Central Electric Power Coop and leased to and operated by Santee Cooper. The stacks are 300ft tall. The station is named for the late Dolphus M Grainger, a prominent local resident active in rural electrification. The plant closed 31 Dec 2012 and demolition began in May 2015.

Photograph courtesy of Santee Cooper
Re-posted 7 Feb 2017

Jefferies
Location: SC
Operator: Santee Cooper
Configuration: 2 X 50 MW, 2 X 173 MW
Operation: 1954-1970 (ret)
Fuel: bituminous coal, fuel oil
Boiler supplier: Riley
T/G supplier: WH, GE
EPC: Burns & Roe
Quick facts: By the early 1950s, increasing demand led to the construction of two oil-fired units adjacent to Jefferies Hydro Station on the Tailrace Canal in Moncks Corner. These units were later only used for peaking service, but two baseload coal-fired units were added about 15yrs later. The shorter stacks are 175ft tall and the larger stacks are 300ft tall. The coal untis closed 31 Dec 2012 and demolition by Demco Inc began in Feb 2017. The plant's ash pond are also being emptied and the material recycled for concrecte admixture and other uses.

Photograph by Jim Huff and courtesy of Santee Cooper
Posted 16 Sep 2007

H F Lee
Location: NC
Operator: Duke Energy Carolinas
Configuration: 2 X 75 MW, 1 X 250 MW
Operation: 1951-1962 (ret)
Fuel: bituminous coal
Boiler supplier: CE, BW, RS
T/G supplier: WH
EPC: Ebasco
Quick facts: This station is in Goldsboro, Wayne Co, NC. The Lee coal-fired units were retired on 15 Sep 2012. The stacks were demolished on 20 Dec 2013 and the boilers were imploded on 21 Jun 2014.

Photograph courtesy of Duke Energy
Re-posted 28 Jun 2014

Marshall
Location: NC
Operator: Duke Energy Carolinas
Configuration: 2 X 385 MW, 2 X 665 MW
Operation: 1965-1970
Fuel: bituminous coal
Boiler supplier: CE
T/G supplier: GE
EPC: Duke Power
Quick facts: Marshall Steam Station is on Lake Norman in Catawba County. It is named for former Duke Power president E.C. Marshall. In 2004, Duke began installing Alstom FGD systems at the plant and the project was completed in 2007. Supercritical Units 3&4 are among the most efficient steam-electric units in the USA.

Photograph courtesy of Duke Power
Posted 4 Aug 2010

Mayo
Location: NC
Operator: Progress Energy Carolinas
Configuration: 1 X 736 MW
Operation 1983
Fuel: bituminous coal
Boiler supplier: FW
T/G supplier: WH
EPC: Gibbs & Hill, Zachry
Quick facts: This is a twin-boiler unit. A planned second unit for the site was cancelled.

Photograph by Scott Mosher
Posted 25 Sep 2011

Riverbend
Location: NC
Operator: Duke Energy Carolinas
Configuration: 3 X 55 MW, 2 X 100 MW, 2 X 133 MW
Operation: 1929-1954 (ret)
Fuel: bituminous coal
Boiler supplier: CE
T/G supplier: WH, GE
EPC: Duke Power
Quick facts: The first two 55-MW units at this plant on the Catawba River went online in 1929, one day before the great stock market crash of that year. A third 55-MW set went online in 1938. All three of these units were retired in 1979. In its later life, the plant operated for cycling service. The last four units were closed in Apr 2013, about 2yrs ahead of the original schedule as part of Duke's fleet modernization program.

Photograph by Chris Keane (daylife.org)
Posted 4 Oct 2008

Roanoke Valley
Location: NC
Operator: Westmoreland Partners Inc
Configuration: 1 X 182 MW, 1 X 50 MW
Operation 1994-1995
Fuel: bituminous coal
Boiler supplier: RS
T/G supplier: GE, MHI, G-A
EPC: Louisville Gas & Electric, UE&C
Quick facts: This IPP in Weldon was orginally developed by a 50:50 JV of LG&E Power Inc, a subsidiary of LG&E Energy, and Westmoreland Energy. Power was sold to Dominion Virginia Power. In Dec 2016, Westmoreland Partners amended its PPA to allow it to provide contractrd energy through purchased power rather than running the Weldon plant. The facility was closed put up for sale ca Mar 2017.

Photograph courtesy of www.rrdailyherald.com
Posted 14 Mar 2017

Roxboro
Location: NC
Operator: Progress Energy Carolinas
Configuration: 1 X 411 MW, 1 X 657 MW, 2 X 745 MW
Operation: 1966-1980
Fuel: biruminous coal
Boiler supplier: RS,CE
T/G supplier: GE
EPC: Ebasco, Brown & Root
Quick facts: Roxboro 3&4 are twin-boiler units.

Photograph courtesy of Progress Energy
Posted 25 Sep 2011

Sutton
Location: NC
Operator: Progress Energy Carolinas
Configuration: 2 X 104 MW, 1 X 447 MW
Operation: 1954-1972 (ret)
Fuel: bituminous coal
Boiler supplier: CE, B&W, RS
T/G supplier: GE, WH
EPC: Ebasco, Brown & Root
Quick facts: Sutton Plant is on the Cape Fear River near Wilmington. The station is named after Louis V Sutton, a past chairman and president of Carolina Power & Light Co. The coal-fired units were closed in Nov 2013 after 59yrs of service and were replaced by a gas-fired 625-MW CCGT plant completed the following month.

Photograph courtesy of Duke Energy
Posted 21 Dec 2013

 
UNC Cogen
Location: NC
Operator: University of North Carolina
Configuration: 1 X 28 MW
Operation: 1992
Fuel: bituminous coal
Boiler supplier: Pyropower
T/G supplier: Dresser, Electric Machinery
EPC: CRS Sirrine, Tyger Construction
Quick facts: Plant equipment includes two 250,000 lbs/hr circulating fluidized-bed boilers and one 150,000 lbs/hr packaged boiler. Steam is distributed to the UNC campus and to the UNC hospitals and used for heating, cooling (via heat absorption), domestic hot water, humidification, sterilization, cooking, and cleaning.

Photograph courtesy of UNC Chapel Hill
Posted 21 Sep 2005

Weatherspoon
Location: NC
Operator: Progress Energy Carolinas
Configuration: 2 X 46 MW, 1 X 74 MW
Operation: 1949-1952 (ret)
Fuel: bituminous coal
Boiler supplier: B&W, CE
T/G supplier: GE
EPC: Ebasco
Quick facts: The Lumberton power station was the first major construction project in Carolina Power & Light's post-World War II expansion. On 31 Oct.1958, the plant was renamed after W H Weatherspoon, CP&L's long-time general counsel who had joined the company in 1929. The Weatherspoon plant closed on 1 Oct 2011.

Photograph courtesy of Progress Energy
Re-posted 20 Oct 2012

Abbreviations

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

Updated 14-Mar-2017

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