DUKE POWER'S BELEWS CREEK STEAM STATION COMPLETES FIRST PHASE OF NATION'S LARGEST PROJECT TO REDUCE NITROGEN OXIDE EMISSIONS
The project will be completed in 2004 and is the largest of its kind in the nation. It represents an investment of more than $450 million and had a peak construction work force of more than 2,000. It is the Triad region’s largest construction project and one of the largest in
“The Duke Power team is very pleased to bring Belews Creek Unit 1 back on line with the new SCR systems fully operational,” said Bill Hall, Duke Power’s executive vice president of fossil/hydro generation. “Belews Creek is one of the nation’s most efficient coal-fueled power plants and is one of the reasons our rates are 21 percent below the national average and among the lowest in the Southeast.
The SCR project consists of two 30-story steel structures located next to the plant's two units. These structures contain honeycombed ceramic equipment that will change nitrogen oxide emissions into harmless nitrogen and water. The process is similar to that used in automotive catalytic converters to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions and is a proven technology used in other power plants. What makes the Belews Creek project unique is its sheer size and engineering challenges. These have ranged from how to supply on-site parking for the massive work force to the design and construction of customized structural reinforcements that ensure the 30-story SCR structure can manage the effects of wind without affecting the reliability of power plant operations.
The SCR project began in August 2001 and has generated thousands of construction jobs. It also required the service of the nation’s largest crane that previously was stationed at the
The Belews Creek SCR project is part of Duke Power’s federal Clean Air Act compliance efforts that will reduce the company’s nitrogen oxide emissions 75 percent below 1998 levels by summer 2004. Duke Power will invest an additional $1.5 billion to reduce nitrogen oxide and sulfur dioxide emissions far below federal limits by 2013 to comply with
Belews Creek Steam Station has a generating capacity of 2,240 megawatts and is located in
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