Muskingum River Power Plant
|Muskingum River Power Plant|
|Location||Waterford Township, Washington County, near Beverly, Ohio|
|Commission date||Unit 1: December 1953
Unit 2: June 1954
Unit 3: December 1957
Unit 4: May 1958
Unit 5: October 1968
|Decommission date||Units 1–4: December 2014
Unit 5: May 2015
|Thermal power station|
|Primary fuel||Bituminous coal|
|Cooling source||Muskingum River
Unit 5: cooling tower
|Nameplate capacity||1,529 MW|
Muskingum River Power Plant was a major coal-fired power station, owned and operated by American Electric Power. It was located on the west bank of Muskingum River, about 4 miles (6 km) northwest of the town of Beverly in the U.S. state of Ohio. At its peak, the plant powered three million households.
Originally slated to be converted to run on natural gas, the Muskingum River Power Plant closed entirely due to environmental regulations and market conditions at a cost of $150 million to $170 million. Ohio's power consumption was noted as being "flat." The original proposal called for Units 1–4 to be shuttered by December 31, 2014 and Unit 5 to be converted to natural gas. Unit 5 closed on May 31, 2015 with 150 workers laid off.
|Unit||Nameplate capacity (MWe)||Commissioned||Decommissioned||Notes|
|5||615.2||1968||2015||Supercritical unit, used closed-loop
water cooling via a cooling tower
Accidents and Incidents
2007 hydrogen explosion
On January 8, 2007, a hydrogen supply truck was making its routine weekly delivery of H2 gas to the station's hydrogen system, when an explosion occurred at 9:20 a.m. The truck driver was killed in the accident, and ten other people were injured. Premature failure of the pressure-relief device's rupture disc was blamed.
Two civil trials in 2011, however, essentially rejected AEP's claims that rupture discs and a third party contractor were to blame. The juries determined that AEP had acted with "deliberate intent" toward its own employee, Drumand McLaughlin, and with "conscious disregard" for the rights of the truck driver, Lewis Timmons, who was killed. A total of almost $13 million was assessed in damages as of August 29, 2011, including punitive damages to punish AEP subsidiaries Ohio Power Company and American Electric Power Service Corporation for their misconduct in failing to maintain the hydrogen systems. The companies were also to be assessed attorney's fees.
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