Flint Creek coal plant retrofits due for operation around May 29

The emissions control retrofits on the single coal unit at the Flint Creek power plant are about completed and are due for full operation around May 29 of this year. 

Filed with the Arkansas Public Service Commission on Feb. 11 was a report from Garver LLC, hired by American Electric Power Service Corp. as the Independent Monitor (IM) for the Flint Creek Power Plant Flue Gas Desulphurization (FGD) Project, located in Gentry, Arkansas. The 528-MW plant is co-owned by AEP’s Southwestern Electric Power and by Arkansas Electric Cooperative. The commission had approved this project earlier this decade.

The FGD Project includes the installation of an Alstom Novel Integrated Desulphurization (NID) system to comply with the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) and in anticipation of Best Available Retrofit Technology (BART) Rule. The NID system and associated equipment are being constructed adjacent to and on the south side of Flint Creek Unit 1. The project also includes an Activated Carbon Injection (ACI) system between the NID and the Unit 1 burners.

AEP has secured a one-year extension to the MATS deadline, to April 16 of this year, and has established design, procurement, and construction schedules that will bring the upgraded plant fully on line by May 29.

Garver conducted a site visit in conjunction with the monthly construction progress meeting on Nov. 11, 2015. Photographs of the project are included in the Feb. 11 report. 

The project is progressing well and is scheduled to be complete by the deadline. The structural/mechanical package is 81% complete and the electrical package is 70% as of Nov. 29, 2015. Financials for the project are strong and showing a significant savings at completion. The overall budget for the FGD project is $389.9 million through Phase 3. This budget includes design, construction, and procurement. The project had spent 76% of the budget through November 2015.

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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.