Shawnee Fossil Plant

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Shawnee Fossil Plant
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Shawnee Fossil Plant
CountryUnited States
LocationMcCracken County, near Paducah, Kentucky
Coordinates37°09′N 88°46′W / 37.15°N 88.77°W / 37.15; -88.77Coordinates: 37°09′N 88°46′W / 37.15°N 88.77°W / 37.15; -88.77
Commission dateApril 1953
Decommission dateUnit 10 - June 30, 2014
Owner(s)TVA
Thermal power station
Primary fuelBituminous coal
Cooling sourceOhio River
Power generation
Units operational9
Nameplate capacity1,750 MW
External links
Websitehttp://www.tva.com/sites/shawnee.htm
CommonsRelated media on Commons

The Shawnee Fossil Plant is a coal-fired power plant owned and operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority, located near Paducah, Kentucky. The closest city is Metropolis, Illinois, across the Ohio River to the northeast.

Operation[edit]

Shawnee Fossil Plant contains nine active units, which are drum-type, front wall fired pulverized coal units. The plant generates approximately 8 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity each year, enough to supply 540,000 homes.[1]

History[edit]

Construction began on the Shawnee Fossil Plant in January 1951. The plant's first unit began operation in April 1953. In October 1956, the last of the ten units began operation.[1] Shawnee is currently the oldest TVA coal-fired power plant still in operation.

Unit 10, which was converted to an atmospheric liquidized-bed boiler in the early 1980s was idled in October 2010 and retired on June 30, 2014.[1] That unit's generator was moved to TVA's Kingston Fossil Plant late that year, where it replaced a generator that had failed.[1] As of 2018 construction is underway at units 1 and 4, where scrubbers and selective catalytic reduction systems are being added to reduce sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "TVA Tennessee Valley Authority : Shawnee Fossil Plant Fact Sheet". marketscreener.com. Market Screener. November 6, 2014. Retrieved 2019-01-19.

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