Among other benefits, Longview Power will employ an average of 984 during the four year construction phase and as many as 1800 construction workers during the plant's peak construction phase. In addition, the facility construction will bring much needed revenue to local businesses through local spending, dining, shopping, and lodging.
Upon completion, Longview Power will employ almost 100 workers with well-paying jobs for ongoing operations. These employees will add continuing support for local businesses, housing, tax rolls, and community organizations. Longview also will utilize local coal reserves and suppliers, providing additional jobs in mining and support services.
Longview is estimated to spend over $551 million of direct local expenditures in Monongalia and Preston counties and the adjacent counties in Pennsylvania during the construction phase of the project, and an estimated $313.8 million in labor income will be earned. The construction of Longview Power will also generate an estimated $23.6 million in additional state and local tax revenues. Ongoing operations will increase state and local revenues by $7.9 million annually and will increase annual labor income an estimated $43 million.
Most important, Longview will continue to be a good corporate neighbor and employer. The facility has already been active in supporting schools, fire departments, environmental organizations, local food shelters, gift collections, area recreation, and more.
Longview will supply needed power to a region with growing demand for electricity and limited new supply. Coal is an essential component of our national energy supply; bituminous coal occurs in abundance in portions of West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Longview was founded on the principle that this local energy reserve can be utilized in an environmentally safe, responsible manner.
We recognize and agree with public expectations to respect and safeguard the environment. This will be accomplished through thoughtful design of facilities and processes, combined with diligent oversight of operations.
Technological advances make Longview Power much more energy-efficient than older coal-fired plants. This means that Longview will consume less fuel per kilowatt hour than the older coal plants, resulting in lower cost energy. Less fuel also means lower emissions. These reduced emissions are then treated in sophisticated "Best Available Control Technologies" ("BACT") back-end controls. Lower production cost means that Longview's electricity will be dispatched before older, less efficient coal plants, providing cleaner energy to meet daily demands.
Not directly, because Longview does not sell power directly to consumers as a public utility does. However, Longview's high efficiency allows us to sell power at lower cost to such entities, which should ultimately benefit consumers.
Longview was designed, permitted, and built prior to existence of CO2 regulation. Even today, CO2 emission control technologies are not available on a commercial scale. Longview will continue to monitor developments in CO2 control technologies and legislation to maintain compliance with applicable requirements as they develop. Longview will also provide significant annual funding to a non-profit organization dedicated to CO2 sequestration and stream mitigation projects.
Absolutely! Longview promotes a world-class safety environment. During construction Longview has already achieved the coveted OSHA VPP Star designation and has achieved safety records that surpass the industry averages. The Longview operations team will utilize a comprehensive safety and health program designed to keep our employees as safe as possible. Each new employee will undergo an extensive orientation and training program, with subsequent periodic training to make sure employees maintain their level of safety awareness.
No. TVA's Kingston plant used a wet ash removal process, where ash was liquefied and piped to a retention pond. Longview will use a dry ash management process. Fly ash will be conditioned on site with just enough moisture to prevent dust during handling, then trucked to a permitted disposal facility located less than one mile from the plant. Here, the ash will be compacted in an engineered dry fill. This process precludes the possibility of a catastrophic release.