DUKE POWER'S BELEWS CREEK STEAM STATION COMPLETES NATION'S LARGEST PROJECT TO REDUCE NITROGEN OXIDE EMISSIONS
“Our Belews Creek power plant has been one of the workhorses of the Duke Power system for almost 30 years and with the completion of the SCR project and other plant upgrades, the plant will be cleaner than ever,” said Bill Hall, Duke Power’s executive vice president of fossil-hydro operations. “Belews Creek is one of the nation’s most efficient coal-fueled power plants and is one of the reasons our rates are 20 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. The SCR project began in the fall of 2000.
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 the summer of 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
The reductions in sulfur dioxide emissions, the majority of the $1.5 billion investment, will be accomplished by using “scrubbers” at Duke Power’s Marshall Steam Station in
Belews Creek Steam Station has a generating capacity of 2,240 megawatts and is located in
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