Pleasants Power Station

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Pleasants Power Station in 2001.

Pleasants Power Station is a coal-fired power plant near Belmont, West Virginia. The plant is owned by FirstEnergy and was completed in 1980 at a cost of $677 million.[1]

The plant is capable of generating 1,300 megawatts (1,700,000 hp) of power, primarily from two turbines each having a capacity of 626 megawatts (839,000 hp). There are two cooling towers, each 428 feet (130 m) high, and two 1,000-foot (305 m)-high chimneys.[2]

Willow Island disaster[edit]

In what is considered to be the deadliest construction accident in United States history, Cooling Tower #2 collapsed on April 27, 1978 as it was still under construction. 51 workers were killed in the accident.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Ward, Ken Jr. (April 27, 2008). "'It was gone': String of problems led to 51 deaths at Willow Island". Charleston Gazette. Archived from the original on February 7, 2010. Retrieved February 7, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Pleasants Power Station: Fact Sheet" (PDF). Allegheny Energy Supply. 2003. Retrieved February 7, 2010. [dead link]

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Coordinates: 39°22′01″N 81°17′41″W / 39.36694°N 81.29472°W / 39.36694; -81.29472 (Pleasants Power Station)