530-Megawatt Supercritical Pulverized Coal-Fired Power Plant


Courtesy of Black & Veatch Corporation

Using the most advanced clean coal technology, B&V Energy designs a supercritical pulverized coal-fired unit to be one of the country's cleanest producers of affordable electricity.

Wisconsin Public Service Corporation (WPSC) is a regulated electric and natural gas utility serving more than 700,000 customers within Wisconsin and Michigan. Dairyland Power Cooperative (Dairyland) provides the wholesale electrical requirement and other services for electric distribution cooperatives and municipal utilities supplying the energy needs of more than 500,000 people.

To meet anticipated power needs by 2008, WPSC in partnership with Dairyland, is adding a fourth coal-fired electric generator to its Weston power plant site. The generator, referred to as Weston Unit 4, is a 530-megawatt supercritical pulverized coal-fired base load power plant, offering reliable energy and economic and environmental benefits for the people of Wisconsin and Michigan.

Black & Veatch was chosen to provide the conceptual and detailed design, procurement, site management, field engineering and startup management for Weston Unit 4. Weston Unit 4 offers the most advanced environmental control technologies available, with the ability to capture mercury, nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide and particulate matter from exhaust gases before they leave the plant.

The project has benefited from the ability of Black & Veatch and WPSC to perform as a team, bringing together the breadth and depth of our global technical resources, including the project execution capabilities that Black & Veatch has gained from years of performing engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) work on some of the most complex power generation projects in the world.

Weston Unit 4 will strengthen and extend the WPSC's nearly 50-year history of being a good neighbor and responsible corporate citizen by helping WPSC protect and enhance the quality of the environment. To advance this goal, the design, licensing support, construction and operation of Weston Unit 4 is being developed by Black & Veatch to comply with both the letter and the intent of applicable federal, state and local laws, and related regulations.

The first and most significant decision regarding the Weston Unit 4 configuration was the determination that the facility would be a supercritical base load unit with an expected capacity factor of 80 percent or more, and for the purpose of the economic analyses, a 40-year plant life was assumed.

Black & Veatch is Building a World of Difference by focusing on projects that benefit our clients and the communities they serve. Using advanced clean coal technology, Weston Unit 4 will be one of the country's cleanest producers of affordable electricity, while also creating 1,200 construction jobs and estimated local material purchases of $25 million.

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