Coal-fired power plant generating electricity

Longview Power LLC, owners of the $2 billion Longview Power supercritical coal-fired power plant in West Virginia, announced on June 6 that the 695 MW plant is generating electricity. Commercial operations are expected to being during the summer of 2011.

The facility achieved its first fire on coal on May 3, 2011, and successfully synchronized to the PJM Interconnection electrical grid for the first time on May 6, 2011.

Siemens was chosen in February 2010 to conduct a study analyzing post-combustion carbon dioxide capture technology at the plant. Siemens also provided the air quality control system for the plant.

The Longview plant’s peak electrical output has already reached 580 MW of the total 695 MW generating capacity. Testing, tuning, and orchestrating of the plant’s 273 control systems continues to ensure it meets rigorous performance standards, including the lowest permitted air emission limits imposed by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection for a pulverized coal plant to date.

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