Longview Power says coal plant is fixed and passed key tests

Longview Power said Dec. 14 that it has completed 21 days of testing at its roughly 700-MW mine-mouth coal plant in northern West Virginia and that the generating facility is now in good health.

The 21-day reliability testing was done from Nov. 17 through Dec. 8.

This testing evaluated the major outage work completed this year that addressed design and construction issues that previously impacted the reliability of the plant.  “Longview is now positioned to achieve best-in-class operational, cost and environmental performance,” the company said in a news release.

Longview Power’s reliability testing met or exceeded all performance targets. During the test, Longview Power achieved a 99.5% equivalent availability factor, the power industries’ measure of reliability.

Heat rate testing, which measures a plant’s efficiency, established that the plant has a market-leading heat rate of 8675 MBtu/KWhr, exceeding the test levels, Longview said.

“With the rehabilitation complete, we are well on our way to being a reliable, low cost and clean source of energy to PJM Interconnection,” said Steve Nelson, the Chief Operating Officer of Longview Power.

Longview Power and Mepco Holdings are wholly-owned subsidiaries of Longview Intermediate Holdings C. Mepco Holdings operates coal mining facilities that deliver mine-mouth coal directly to Longview Power in addition to coal sales to other customers.

Longview has been undergoing Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization. The company completed that process in April.

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