Coal gives way to natural gas in state-of-the-art conversion
The retirement in 2014 of the 400MW, 65-year-old, coal-fired Sunbury plant in Snyder County Pennsylvania cleared the path for a new, more efficient, environmentally friendly solution: a 1,124MW combined-cycle natural gas facility on the site. Bechtel was chosen by Panda Power Funds to provide project management, engineering, procurement, construction, and startup services for the new Hummel Station – the company’s fifth combined-cycle plant for this customer. The complex will power one million homes in Philadelphia and the New York metropolitan area.
Cleaning up ‘coal country’
Supplying nearly twice the power of the coal plant it replaces and reducing key emissions by more than 90%, Hummel Station will be one of the cleanest natural gas-powered plants in the US. It is also the country’s largest coal-to-gas conversion to date. In an area long-dependent on coal, its combined-cycle technology will generate 180% more power, use 97% less cooling water and reduce sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions.