Gaston plant looks to retrofit coal-fired power units for natural gas

Alabama Power looks to retrofit Units 1-4 at the coal-fired Gaston Electric Steam Generating Plant for natural gas.

Alabama Power, a division of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), has submitted applications to the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) to retrofit four coal-fired power units for natural gas.

If approved, the project would see Units 1-4 at the Gaston Electric Steam Generating Plant equipped to utilize natural gas by 2016. The project is expected to significantly reduce emissions of nitrogen oxide (NOx), sulfur dioxide (SO2), and particulate matter from the facility.

Alabama Power is also seeking authorization for the construction and operation of a new natural gas-fired auxiliary boiler and a new natural gas-fired heater. Unit 5 at the Gaston plant will continue service as a coal-fired facility with the addition of a baghouse by 2016.

Copies of preliminary determination and proposed permit are available here:  ADEM Preliminary Determination (pdf)

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