Shaw completes 585-MW clean coal-fired generating plant in Virginia

The Shaw Group Inc. (NYSE: SHAW) announced it has achieved substantial completion of the new Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center, a 585-megawatt clean coal-fired generating plant in Virginia for Dominion Virginia Power.

As part of substantial completion, the plant was operated at its rated capacity and released to Dominion for commercial operation.

In 2007, Shaw was awarded the engineering, procurement and construction contract for the new plant, which incorporates clean coal technologies and two circulating fluidized bed boilers supplying steam to a single steam turbine generator. Clean coal technologies, combined with modern post-combustion controls, result in low emissions of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, particulate matter and mercury.

“As one of the cleanest coal plants of its kind, the Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center is capable of burning a diverse mix of fuels,” said Andy Dupuy, president of the Fossil Division of Shaw’s Power Group. “Using advanced technologies and expertise, Shaw provides solutions for its clients to generate electric power in an environmentally sound and cost-effective way.”

Key facts about the project include the following:

  • Circulating fluidized bed technology is recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy as a clean-coal technology for reducing sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide
  • The power station also has an air quality control system that includes a dry scrubber baghouse and an activated carbon injection system
  • The station uses coal, waste coal and biomass – waste wood