John E. Amos Power Plant

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John E. Amos Power Plant
CountryUnited States
LocationWinfield Rd., Winfield, West Virginia
Coordinates38°28′29″N 81°49′16″W / 38.47472°N 81.82111°W / 38.47472; -81.82111Coordinates: 38°28′29″N 81°49′16″W / 38.47472°N 81.82111°W / 38.47472; -81.82111
Commission dateUnit 1: 1971
Unit 2: 1972
Unit 3: 1973
Owner(s)American Electric Power
Thermal power station
Primary fuelCoal
Typesupercritical, dry-bottom boilers
Power generation
Nameplate capacity2,933 MW

John E. Amos Power Plant is a three-unit coal-fired power plant owned and operated by Appalachian Power, a subsidiary of American Electric Power (AEP). With a nameplate rating of 2,933 MW,[1] it is the largest generating plant in the AEP system.[2] It was named after a prominent state senator, Democratic National Committee and AEP board of directors member from West Virginia.[3]


The plant is located between West Virginia Route 817 (Winfield Road) and the Kanawha River. Coal is delivered to the facility by barge or rail it is stored in the plant's coal yard. The coal yard storage capacity can reach up to 1.75 million tons of coal while The entire plant consumes an average of 26,000 tons of coal daily(at full capacity).[4] The coal is then transported via conveyor belt from the coal yard into the plant where pulverizes grind the coal into a fine, talcum powder-like consistency. Primary fans then blow the grounded up coal into boilers where it burns at 1000° F to turn water into steam. That steam gets sent into turbines, where it turns blades. These blades act like a windmill and drive a generator that produces electricity at 26,000 volts. Transformers outside the plant step up the voltage to 345,000 volts and 765,000 volts.[4]

Units 1 and 2 are of 816.3 MW nameplate capacity each, and were started up in September 1971, and June, 1972 respectively. The boilers off of Units 1 and 2 deliver 5.3 million pounds of steam per hour using 12,500 gallons of water per minute. Containing 6 pulverizes per unit, 120,000 pounds of coal is ground up every hour.[4] Unit 3, rated at 1,300 MW, was started up in October, 1973. Unit 3's boiler system delivers 9.775 million pounds of steam per hour. Containing 12 pulverizes grinding up 120,000 pounds of coal each hour.[4] All units are supercritical, dry-bottom boilers powered by a blend of low-sulfur coal and Northern Appalachian Basin high-sulfur coal.[5]

Phil Moye, a spokesman AEP, said the energy generated at the John Amos Plant is enough to power about 2 million homes.[6] The plant Employs around 300 people with a payroll of $27.1 million dollars.[4]

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  1. ^ "Existing Electric Generating Units in the United States". Energy Information Administration. 2007. Retrieved 2008-06-19.
  2. ^ Line, Les (January 2007). "One Picture". Audubon Magazine. Archived from the original on 2008-05-16. Retrieved 2008-06-20.
  3. ^ Young, William L.; John E. Amos (August 6, 1965). "John E. Amos Oral History Interview" (PDF). Oral History Program. John F. Kennedy Library. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 20, 2007. Retrieved 2008-06-25.
  4. ^ a b c d e American Electric Power (2018) John E. Amos Plant [Pamphlet]
  5. ^ "B&W Awarded Environmental Equipment Contract for AEP'S Amos Plant in West Virginia". Business Wire. 2005-11-04. Retrieved 2008-06-20.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Speciale, Samuel (March 19, 2017). "Plant continues to churn out power". The Herald Dispatch. Retrieved May 2, 2018.

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