5/18/2006
Foundation to be Poured for New Unit 3 Stack at John E. Amos Plant

Over a 22-hour period beginning this afternoon, workers will pour and finish 4,300 cubic yards of concrete to form a new stack foundation for the John E. Amos Plant’s 1,300-megawatt Unit 3. The work is a major initial step toward completion of a more than $1 billion project to add flue gas desulfurization units, or scrubbers, to all three Amos Plant generating units.

Most of the concrete for the pour will be produced at an on-site batch plant. Traffic near the plant will increase somewhat during the pour, however, as trucks bring in fly ash and cement for the concrete mixture. Arrow Concrete will supplement the concrete produced on-site with two truck loads per hour from its nearby facility on Route 35.

The project is part of AEP’s previously announced plan to invest at least $4.1 billion in environmental retrofits at its coal-fired generating plants through 2010. The work will result in two new stacks at the Amos Plant, as well as scrubbers for each of the plant’s three generating units. The plant’s two existing stacks will be retired in place.

When operational, the scrubbers will reduce sulfur dioxide emissions at the plant by as much as 98 percent. Water used in the scrubbers will rise from the stacks combining with warm air to create a whitish plume of water vapor, much like the water vapor that now rises from the plant’s cooling tower.

Appalachian Power provides electricity to 1 million customers in Virginia, West Virginia and Tennessee. It is a unit of American Electric Power, one of the nation’s largest electricity generators. AEP owns nearly 36,000 megawatts of generating capacity and is one of the nation’s largest electric utilities, with more than 5 million customers in 11 states.


Jeri Matheney
Corporate Communications Manager
(304) 348-4130
jhmatheney@aep.com

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