Salt River Project wraps up final air control for Coronado coal plant

A $470m project to further reduce emissions from the Salt River Project‘s Coronado coal plant, the SRP’s largest single generator of electricity, is now complete.

On May 1, the last component of the project – selective catalytic reduction technology (SCR) – to lower NOx emissions became operational. The project was a result of a 2008 agreement between SRP and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to improve regional air quality by installing equipment and systems to remove additional emissions of NOx and SO2 from the Coronado Generating Station (CGS). The new controls not only further reduce SO2 and NOx emissions from the plant, but also address mercury emissions.

“CGS is a critical component of SRP’s fleet of generating facilities that provide affordable and reliable electricity to our customers 24 hours a day,” said CGS manager Dan Bevier in a May 6 statement. “Now we will be able to achieve this goal and significantly reduce emissions.”

CGS, owned and operated by SRP, uses coal to generate electricity from two 400-MW units. Completed in 1980, the plant was equipped with then state-of-the-art emission controls including partial flow scrubbers for SO2 reductions and electrostatic precipitators for particulate matter reduction.

The environmental improvement project included the installation of low NOx burners on each of the two units – one in 2009 and the other in 2011. Additionally, SRP constructed new 100% flow SO2 removal systems on each of the units – one in 2011 and one in 2012. The project was completed when the SCR on Unit 2 was installed and became operational on May 1.

The project also included the construction of two new 400-foot concrete exhaust stacks, two 22,000-square-foot multi-level absorber buildings and required more than 4,000 individual pieces of equipment. In addition, more than 29,000 cubic-yards of concrete, nearly 8,000 tons of ductwork and structural steel and more than a million feet of new conductor were needed.

In addition to installing enhanced emission controls at CGS and as part of the agreement with EPA, SRP funded $4m in several supplemental environmental projects including installing 100 kW to 200-kW solar photovoltaic systems at public schools, upgrading emission controls on school buses and replacing wood-burning stoves with clean-burning wood pellet stoves.

SRP is the largest provider of electricity to the greater Phoenix, Arizona, metropolitan area, serving more than 985,000 customers.

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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.