Dominion awards contract for Kincaid coal plant retrofits

Dominion Resources (NYSE: D) recently had to shut its State Line coal plant in Indiana due to age and clean-air restrictions, but it does plan to save its coal-fired Kincaid power plant in nearby Illinois.

KBR (NYSE: KBR) said May 7 that Kincaid Generation LLC, a subsidiary of Dominion Resources, awarded the KBR Power & Industrial Group a contract to provide engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) services for a dry sorbent injection (DSI) system to reduce SO2 emissions at Kincaid. The project, located in Kincaid, Ill., will include sodium bicarbonate (SBC) rail unloading facilities, SBC truck unloading facilities, a Nol-Tec Systems “Sorb-N-Ject” technology DSI system, and onsite SBC milling and storage. The project is scheduled for completion in late 2013.

“KBR is pleased to be a part of the Dominion Kincaid project team,” said Jim Stewart, President, KBR Power & Industrial Group. “KBR is committed to delivering safe and quality projects to our clients and we welcome this opportunity to deliver this important project for Dominion and its Kincaid facility.”

Dominion’s Feb. 28 annual Form 10-K report shows Kincaid with 1,158 MW of net summer capacity.

The State Line Energy LLC unit of Dominion Resources filed at FERC a notice of cancellation on April 19 for State Line’s Single Market Based Rate Tariff due to the shutdown of the coal-fired State Line plant. State Line Energy owns a 515-MW, coal-fired facility that is located in the Commonwealth Edison control area and is connected to the PJM Interconnection LLC system. It is comprised of Units 3 and 4 and the final day of operation for the plant was March 25.

“State Line is deactivating units three and four and will no longer generate power because of the continued erosion of market conditions coupled with its inability to comply with the environmental restrictions imposed on the station by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, as issued on July 7, 2011,” said the letter to FERC. “State Line’s power sales are made solely into PJM’s capacity and energy markets and State Line has complied with all obligations under the PJM Open Access Transmission Tariff with respect to notifying PJM and the PJM Market Monitor regarding the deactivation of these units, withdrawal from the PJM markets, and termination of its power sales.”

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.