The Monongahela Power unit of FirstEnergy (NYSE: FE) filed a Jan. 29 application with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection for air permitting needed to install a Chem-Mod coal treatment system at its Harrison power plant.
The company, if the permit is granted, plans to have this facility operating around June 15 of this year. Chem-Mod involves adding chemicals to coal that will reduce certain stack emissions when this coal is burned. It prevents the formation of some NOx and helps capture some of the mercury emissions. The chemicals, MerSorb and S-Sorb, will be delivered to the plant site via truck, then mixed with the coal on the conveyor belts leading into the plant.
Harrison has three scrubber-equipped coal units that produce a total of 1,984 MW. Unit 1 went online in 1972. Unit 2 went online in 1973. Unit 3 went online in 1974. The plant uses more than five million tons of coal annually, much of it from mines located near the plant, which is in the Northern Appalachia coalfield in northern West Virginia.