Rockport Generating Station
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|Rockport Generating Station|
Rockport Generating Station as seen from near the Natcher Bridge
|Location||Ohio Township, Spencer County, Indiana|
|Commission date||Unit 1: December 1984|
Unit 2: December 1988
|Thermal power station|
|Primary fuel||Bituminous coal|
|Cooling source||Ohio River|
|Cooling towers||2 × Natural Draft|
|Units operational||2 × 1300 MW|
|Nameplate capacity||2600 MW|
|Capacity factor||48.0% (2017)|
|Annual net output||10,923 GWh (2017) |
Rockport Generating Station is a coal-fired power plant, located along the Ohio River in Ohio Township, Spencer County, Indiana, in the United States, near Rockport, Indiana. The power plant is located along U.S. Route 231 (segment known as the Abraham Lincoln Memorial Parkway), approximately one mile north of the William H. Natcher Bridge, spanning the Ohio River. It is operated by Indiana Michigan Power, a subsidy of American Electric Power.
Two identical non-cyclonic Babcock & Wilcox units (1,300 MW each) were launched into service in December 1984 and December 1988. They are among the largest coal units built. The plant is connected to the grid by 765 kilovolt transmission lines (the highest rated voltage used in the United States).
The coal[where?] is delivered to the plant by barges along the Ohio River. The plant burns in excess of seven million short tons of coal a year. To minimize cost, AEP announced in February 2018 that Rockport will rely solely on coal from the Powder River Basin in Wyoming.
The power plant features the tallest smokestack in Indiana, and is one of the tallest smokestacks in the world at 1,038 feet (316.4 m). The central smokestack and two cooling towers can be seen from as far west as Evansville, 45 miles to the west, as far north as the U.S. 231-Interstate 64 Junction, and as far east as Lewisport, Kentucky and Tell City, Indiana. It can also be seen as far south as Owensboro, Kentucky as well. Travellers along U.S. 231 north of Indiana 66 can get within a 1/4 mile of these rather imposing structures.
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- Matyi, Bob (February 27, 2018). "AEP unit's Rockport plant in Indiana to switch almost entirely to PRB coal". Platts. Retrieved February 28, 2018.