Amec Foster Wheeler begins work on Trimble County coal waste conversion

Amec Foster Wheeler announced July 5 that it has started work on an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract with Louisville Gas and Electric (LG&E) and Kentucky Utilities (KU) for a coal combustion residuals (CCR) treatment project in Trimble County, Kentucky.

This is the company’s fourth project with LG&E and KU, with completion set for 2018. The project will transition the Trimble County Generating Station’s CCR processing from a wet system to a state-of-the-art closed pipe dry conveyor system to convey bulk materials.

In December 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released its final CCR rule on the management and disposal of these by-products. Facilities such as the Trimble County treatment project must comply with this regulation.

“We are delighted that LG&E and KU have selected us to help them further reduce their environmental impact and comply with federal regulations. We look forward to continuing our strong partnership with them,” said Tom Dodson, Amec Foster Wheeler’s President, Power & Process Americas.

Trimble County station is situated along the Ohio River in Trimble County, 50 miles northeast of Louisville. TC1 is a pulverized-coal-fired unit with a net rated capacity of 514 MW, TC2 is a pulverized-coal-fired unit with a net rated capacity of 760 MW. This is also the site for several natural gas-fired, simple cycle combustion turbines. TC1 went into commercial operation in 1990. TC2 began commercial operation in January 2011.

Amec Foster Wheeler ( designs, delivers and maintains strategic and complex assets for its customers across the global energy and related sectors. Employing around 40,000 people in more than 55 countries and with 2015 revenues of £5.5 billion, the company operates across the oil and gas industry – from production through to refining, processing and distribution of derivative products – and in the mining, clean energy, power generation, pharma, environment and infrastructure markets.

Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities, which are part of the PPL Corp. (NYSE: PPL) family of companies, are regulated utilities that serve nearly 1.3 million customers.

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