TVA Board Votes to Retire Over 2,000 MW of Coal-fired Generation

LCG, February 14, 2019--The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Board voted today to retire both the Paradise Unit 3 and Bull Run coal-fired power plants within the next few years. The closures will reduce the TVA fleet electric generating capacity by 2,031 MW.

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MHPS to Supply Three J Class Turbines for Power Project in Virginia

LCG, February 8, 2019--Balico, LLC and Gemma Power Systems selected Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas (MHPS) and its J Class turbines for the 1,600-MW Chickahominy Power Station project in Virginia. The combined cycle power plant will deliver power into the PJM regional transmission grid and is scheduled for completion in 2022.

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Gas Drilling Goes Deeper to Offset Waning Production

LCG, Oct. 14, 2003--Drilling for gas will soon be conducted at previously unheard-of depths in the Gulf of Mexico's continental shelf.

New wells no longer yield the same amount of gas in the Gulf as they once did. Therefore, the Wall Street Journal has reported, firms such as El Paso Corp. and Shell, under the Royal Dutch/Shell Group, are prepared to drill wells as deep as five miles. The willingness to undertake such projects has increased with rising, more volatile natural gas prices, and with forgiveness by the government of royalty payments for some wells at greater depths.

One well now being drilled is called "Shark", which Shell Exploration & Production Co. plans to drill to 26,000 feet, about five miles. No deeper well now exists on the continental shelf. A well at a depth of 30,000 is planned by BP PLC, which has stated that it believes most gas to be drilled is deeper than 20,000 feet, more than three miles.
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