State Power Plant to Barge Coal More Quickly
7 August 2014
By The Associated Press
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Upgrades could help a Putnam County power
plant save $10 million annually by moving coal more quickly on
The $6 million investment at Appalachian Power’s John E. Amos
Power Plant reduces the time to change a barge from 45 minutes to
five minutes.Parent company spokeswoman Tammy Ridout says the
company can now unload a full barge while an empty barge is pulled
away. The technology became operational in April.
She says the added capability lets Appalachian Power buy more
barge coal, and less delivered by trains. The savings will be $5
per ton of coal.The company can now buy an additional 2 million
tons by barge instead of rail each year.
Ridout says the change ultimately benefits power customers.
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