MAIDSVILLE, W.Va., Dec. 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Longview Power today announced it has completed its 21-Day reliability test that ran from November 17 through December 8, 2015, demonstrating that the plant is fully rehabilitated with state of the art performance. This testing rigorously evaluated the major outage work completed this year that addressed design and construction issues that previously impacted the reliability of the plant. Longview is now positioned to achieve best-in-class operational, cost and environmental performance.
Longview Power's reliability testing met or exceeded all performance targets. During the test, Longview Power achieved a 99.5% equivalent availability factor, the power industries' measure of reliability, while operating at 703 MW (net) above its previous full output level, in each case exceeding the test requirements. Heat rate testing, which measures a plant's efficiency, established that the plant has a market-leading heat rate of 8675 MBtu/KWhr, exceeding the test levels. The results also highlight that the plant produces significantly lower emission levels than its peers and meets or exceeds all current regulatory emissions standards.
"Longview Power's reliability testing results demonstrate that the West Virginia-based power plant is truly a state-of-the-art power generator with an average heat rate of 8,675 MBtu/KWhr, which is well below its peers," said Clark Harrison, the independent engineer that verified the testing. "The plant is poised to be one of the top performing coal plants in North America because of its exceptional heat rate, low emissions and availability."
"Through the dedication and hard work of our Longview team, with this critical milestone the Longview Power plant is firmly established as one of the most efficient and reliable coal-fired generators in the country while at the same time producing significantly lower emissions than current industry standards," said Steve Nelson, the Chief Operating Officer of Longview Power. "With the rehabilitation complete, we are well on our way to being a reliable, low cost and clean source of energy to PJM Interconnection."
About Longview Power and Mepco Holdings
Longview Power and Mepco Holdings are wholly-owned subsidiaries of Longview Intermediate Holdings C. Longview Power operates a state-of-the-art 700 MW (net) power generating station that is the most efficient by heat rate and environmentally compliant coal-fired plant in the PJM energy market. Mepco Holdings operates coal mining facilities that deliver minemouth coal directly to Longview Power in addition to coal sales to other customers.
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