Longview achieves first fire on coal in the boiler after completing steam blows and the restoration outage to connect the steam lines from the boiler to the steam turbine.
Longview conducts steam releases to remove any remaining foreign matter from the high-pressure boilers and steam piping after construction, helping to ensure that the facility will operate at optimal electrical generation and environmental efficiencies.
Longview conducts its first fire with natural gas, marking the start of the commissioning phase and the facility’s transition to commercial operations.
Longview’s first on-site coal delivery arrives by overland conveyors from a nearby mine, reducing the need for local transport traffic and related environmental impacts, and supporting greater project efficiency.
Longview Power's on-site coal handling system.
Construction of Longview Power at 90 percent.
Longview Power is located in close proximity to both the mine mouth and ash disposal facility, and transports coal via overland conveyors, minimizing local transport traffic and associated costs and environmental impacts. These process efficiencies allow for the lowest cost of dispatch of any pulverized coal plant in the region.
Longview Power’s 500 kV transmission line connecting the Plant to the Allegheny Switchyard was energized on March 20, 2010. This 500 kV line is the permanent feed for Longview’s power to reach the grid; the backfeed provides power to Longview when the plant is not in operation.
Engineering design of the Longview project is 76% complete, and construction is 57% complete.
Engineering design of the Longview project is 68% complete, and construction is 44% complete.
In recognition of a superior safety record during construction, the Occupational Safety and Health Organization ("OSHA") certified the Longview Power Project as a VVP Star member, the highest level in its prestigious Voluntary Protection Program (VPP). An award ceremony was held with OSHA and Aker Construction on June 30, 2009.
Longview Power began the year with over 500 employees; maximum employment is expected to exceed 1800 jobs during peak construction phases.
The first above ground steel was erected on March 26, 2008. When finished, the Longview project will include 20,000 tons of structural steel, 175,000 cubic yards of poured concrete, and 175,000 linear feet/33 miles of piping.
Longview makes history with the official groundbreaking ceremonies by becoming the largest privately funded development project in the history of West Virginia. Ceremonies were attended by many local dignitaries and West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin.
The Longview Power project was several years in the making. After working closely with the surrounding communities, environmental stakeholders, and the State of West Virginia, Longview achieves groundbreaking milestone on the 200+ acre Monongalia County Development Authority parcel near Maidsville, WV.
Longview Power assembled a world-class management and construction team with a wealth of power generation experience. Aker Construction is the lead general contractor while Siemens Power Generation is the turbine island supplier; Foster Wheeler supplied the boiler.