Flint Creek emissions project ahead of schedule, under budget

Southwestern Electric Power (SWEPCO) on Feb. 26 filed with the Arkansas Public Service Commission the latest quarterly report from independent monitor Garver on an air emissions control project at the coal-fired Flint Creek power plant.

Flint Creek is a baseload, pulverized coal unit with a net generating capacity of 528 MW. The plant was put into commercial operation in 1978. The unit is co-owned equally by SWEPCO and Arkansas Electric Cooperative (AECC). The unit has a balanced draft configuration with forced draft and induced draft fans.

The in-construction FGD Project includes the installation of an Alstom Novel Integrated Desulphurization (NID) system to comply with the federal Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) and in anticipation of the Best Available Retrofit Technology (BART) rule. The project also includes an Activated Carbon Injection (ACI) system between the NID and the Unit 1 burners.

SWEPCO has secured a one-year extension to the MATS deadline, out to April 2016, and has established design, procurement, and construction schedules that will bring the upgraded plant fully on line by May 29, 2016.

This report is the third quarterly report issued by Garver on this project. Construction on the project is progressing ahead of schedule and within the Capital Improvement budget for the project. The Capital Improvement budget for the project through Phase 3 is $389.96m. At this time, the total estimated cost at completion of the project is $383.56m. Project financials are strong and are pointing towards a significant savings of $7.3m, Garver noted. 

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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.