J. Robert Welsh Power Plant

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J. Robert Welsh Power Plant
J. Robert Welsh Power Plant
J. Robert Welsh Power Plant is located in Texas
J. Robert Welsh Power Plant
Location of J. Robert Welsh Power Plant
Country United States
Location Titus County, Texas, near Pittsburg, Texas
Coordinates 33°03′18″N 94°50′22″W / 33.05500°N 94.83944°W / 33.05500; -94.83944Coordinates: 33°03′18″N 94°50′22″W / 33.05500°N 94.83944°W / 33.05500; -94.83944
Status Operational
Commission date Unit 1: 1977
Unit 2: 1980
Unit 3: 1982
Decommission date Unit 2: 2016
Thermal power station
Primary fuel Powder River Basin sub-bituminous coal
Cooling source Welsh Reservoir
Power generation
Units operational 2
Nameplate capacity 1,056 MW

J. Robert Welsh Power Plant is a 1-gigawatt (1,056 MW), coal power plant located northwest of Pittsburg, Texas in Titus County, Texas. It is operated by SWEPCO, a subsidiary of AEP.


Welsh had three units constructed: Unit 1 began operations in 1977, Unit 2 began operations in 1980, and Unit 3 began operations in 1982. All three units were installed with boilers from Babcock & Wilcox and turbines from Westinghouse. Combined, the three units had an operating capacity of 1,674 MW.[1]

In 2012, AEP announced they were reducing output at Unit 2 to coincide with the commencement of commercial operations at John W. Turk Jr. Coal Plant in Arkansas.[2] Unit 2 was officially decommissioned in April 2016 as a part of a major retrofitting project to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) for Units 1 and 3.[3]

The remaining two units use sub-bituminous coal mined from the Powder River Basin shipped via rail. Named after former SWEPCO president J. Robert Welsh.[citation needed]

Close to it, there is Welsh HVDC Converter Station, a back-to-back HVDC station.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ "Existing Electric Generating Units in the United States, 2006" (Excel). Energy Information Administration, U.S. Department of Energy. 2006. Retrieved January 11, 2018. 
  2. ^ "AEP unit to reduce Texas Welsh 2 coal-fired unit to 60 percent". Reuters. December 21, 2012. Retrieved January 11, 2018. 
  3. ^ "Welsh Power Plant Environmental Retrofit Project". SWEPCO. Retrieved January 11, 2018.