Alabama Power completes coal-to-gas conversion at Plant Greene County

A story posted Sept. 13 to the Southern Co. (NYSE: SO) website said that after two years of transition, Alabama Power’s Plant Greene County reached a historic milestone this month in its transition from coal to natural gas.

In January, the plant received its last shipment of coal and burned coal for the last time in March. This summer the transition is complete and Greene County is now operating on natural gas. This affects two units of about 272 MW (gross) apiece.

“Environmental mandates were part of the constraints and challenges we faced with this project,” said Riley Wells, plant manager. “But I am proud of the dedication and hard work people put in.”

During the conversion project, a large portion of the plant was taken out of service for five months, with up to 500 contract employees working on-site. That compares to a typical scheduled outage that lasts 30 days with fewer than 100 contractors at the plant.

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