The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers office in Pittsburgh is taking public comment until July 6 on an application by American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) for an additional barge fleeting area at the coal-fired Mitchell plant.
The site is located on the Ohio River, between River Mile 112.47 and 112.67, in Marshall County, W.Va. The Corps said the company needs more space due to an increase in barge unloading activities.
The current barge storage area is thee barges long and five barges wide, with plans to expand that to five barges long and eight barges wide.
Mitchell is currently controlled by AEP’s Ohio Power unit. But AEP has ongoing proceedings at state commissions in Kentucky and West Virginia to transfer 50% of the plant to Kentucky Power, and the other 50% to Appalachian Power. Mitchell is a two-unit station located in Moundsville, W.Va., with an average annual capacity rating of 1,560 MW.