CONSOL Energy Mining Complex power station
CONSOL Energy Mining Complex power station is a proposed 300-megawatt (MW) waste coal-fired power station at or near the Pennsylvania Mining Complex in Washington and Greene counties, Pennsylvania, United States.
As of 2021, the CONSOL Energy Mining Complex power station was being considered at five potential sites: four in Greene County, including the complex, and one in West Virginia, along the Ohio River south of Moundsville.
CONSOL Energy is designing a 300 MW “advanced carbon-negative power plant” that runs on waste coal and biomass, with the potential to be demonstrated in the next 5–10 years and achieve market penetration by 2030. The project is intended to provide “a roadmap for decision-makers, investors, engineers, construction contractors, and other stakeholders to construct a prototype plant.”
CONSOL Energy Inc. is a Pennsylvania-based producer and exporter of high-Btu bituminous thermal coal and metallurgical coal. It owns and operates longwall mining operations in the Northern Appalachian Basin and is developing a new metallurgical coal mine in the Central Appalachian Basin. CONSOL's flagship operation is the Pennsylvania Mining Complex, which had the capacity to produce approximately 28.5 million tons of coal per year in 2021 and is comprised of 3 large-scale underground mines: Bailey, Enlow Fork, and Harvey. The company also owns and operates the CONSOL Marine Terminal (see CNX Marine Terminal), which is located in the port of Baltimore and has a throughput capacity of approximately 15 million tons per year.
US DOE’s Coal FIRST Initiative
CONSOL’s Advanced Pressurized Fluidized Bed Combustion (PFBC) Project was developed in response to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Coal FIRST (“Flexible, Innovative, Resilient, Small, Transformative”) program. The 21st Century Power Plants initiative supports “the development of the coal plant of the future to provide secure, stable, and reliable power.” The program is intended to lead to “the design of an advanced coal-based power plant that can be commercially viable in the U.S. power generation market of the future, has the potential to be demonstrated in the next 5-10 years and can begin achieving market penetration by 2030.”
CONSOL’s project was one of four selected through the federal Coal FIRST initiative. The projects cumulatively received US$80 million in federal funding.
The project advanced through phases 1 and 2 of DOE’s competitive process (Conceptual Design and Pre-FEED), and its core technology was identified as a priority for phase 3 (Design Development & FEED) funding. In October 2020, CONSOL’s phase 3 application was selected for funding. Work on this phase of the project began in January 2021, and was expected to continue through mid-2023.
The project was slated to be a ~300 MW (net), carbon-negative power plant utilizing waste coal slurry derived from CONSOL’s Pennsylvania Mining Complex in Greene County as the primary fuel, supplemented with bioenergy with carbon capture and storage integration (BECCS).
As of 2021, the company hoped to begin construction in 2024 and commission the plant in 2028.
- Sponsor: CONSOL Energy
- Parent Company: CONSOL Energy
- Capacity: 300 MW
- Projected in service: 2028
- Status: Announced
- Location: Pennsylvania, United States
- Coordinates: 39.974, -80.377 (approximate)
- Coal type: Waste coal & biomass
- Coal Source:
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- "Advanced Pressurized Fluidized Bed Coal Combustion with Carbon Capture Technology Gap Analysis and Commercial Pathway Report," CONSOL Pennsylvania Coal Company LLC, February 4, 2020
- “21st Century Power Plants,” US Dept. of Energy, accessed January 2022
- “Consol Energy: Leading The Way Toward A Cleaner, Sustainable Future For Coal,” PA Chamber, accessed January 2022
- “Project Descriptions: Coal FIRST Initiative Invests $80 Million in Net-Zero Carbon Electricity and Hydrogen Plants,” Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management, likely ~December 2020
- "Testimony to Pennsylvania Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee," CONSOL Energy, March 10, 2021