Franklin Fine Paper power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Franklin Fine Paper power station is a retired 129-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in the state of Virginia, United States.[1]


The map below shows the location of the power station in the state of Virginia, United States.

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The Franklin Fine Paper mill and power station was built by Union Camp. Company near Franklin, Virginia, and began operation in 1970 and was retired in 2009. International Paper Co bought the mill in 1999 after it acquired Union Camp Corp. in a $7.9 billion transaction. At the time, Union Camp employed about 2,600 workers in the Franklin area.[2] The mill produced about 740,000 tons a year of uncoated freesheet and coated paperboard.

In October 2009, after the 2008 recession, International Paper Co. announced that it would close its paper mill outside Franklin in the spring of 2010 due to reduced demands for those paper products. They fired the 1,100 workers who were working at the mill.[1] Nearly 4% of Franklin and surrounding counties' the work force was employed by the mill at the time.[2]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: International Paper Co
  • Parent company: International Paper
  • Location: the state of Virginia, United States
  • Coordinates: 36.6776, -76.9104 (exact)
  • Coal type: Unknown
  • Coal source: Unknown
  • Gross generating capacity (retired): 129 MW
    • Unit 8: Coal-fired subcritical, 32 MW (start-up in 1970)
    • Unit 9: Coal-fired subcritical, 97 MW (start-up in 1977)
  • Employees: 1,100 (in 2009)

Articles and Resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 Walzer, Phil (October 22, 2009). "Franklin paper mill to close; 1,100 to lose jobs". Pilot Online. Retrieved 2021-05-14.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Blackwell, John; Ress, David (October 23, 2009). "Closing of paper mill another blow to Franklin". Richmond Times-Dispatch. Retrieved 2021-05-14.