The James River Genco, LLC facility is an upgraded version of the plant originally developed and constructed by Cogentrix in 1987. The plant is a nominal 110 MW coal-fired cogeneration facility located in Hopewell, Virginia. As it has since it was placed into commercial service in 1987, Hopewell continues to provide steam to Honeywell International Inc. for their process needs under a long term purchase contract.
“Cogeneration” is the process where two or more energy products, in this case process steam and electricity, are produced from one fuel supply. Steam generated in the boilers is used within the turbine-generators to produce electricity which is delivered to Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative (NOVEC), while that needed by Honeywell to support its manufacturing process is extracted and piped to the Honeywell plant.
In 2004, Cogentrix retrofitted the plant with Enhanced Overfire Air technology to reduce oxides of nitrogen, (“NOx’) emissions. This retrofit resulted in an almost 30% reduction in plant NOx emissions. In 2008 Cogentrix completed the installation of flu-gas scrubbers, new cooling towers, as well as upgrades to the plant’s waste water treatment system. These upgrades resulted in a reduction of sulfur related emissions (“SOx”) and a further reduction of any mercury (“Hg”) emissions. These conversions and installations also served to improve plant efficiency with respect to fuel and water consumption, leading to reduced CO2 emissions for each kilowatt-hour of electricity or pound of steam generated at the plant.
On December 11, 2013, the James River Genco facility hit a major milestone, reaching 3,000 consecutive days without a lost time accident. This was accomplished through a rigorous safety program where the health and safety of our employees is of primary importance and an ongoing focus for Cogentrix.