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
Thermal power station
Primary fuelBituminous coal
Cooling sourceOhio River
Power generation
Units operational9
Nameplate capacity1,750 MW
External links
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.


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]


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

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