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Steam Plant Conversion Hits Milestone


INDIANAPOLIS— A project to convert Citizens’ Perry K Steam Plant from coal to natural gas hits another milestone. Four of the plant’s eight boilers are now burning natural gas rather than coal.

“Last year Citizens’ Steam Business Review Team made the decision to replace coal, our primary source of fuel at Perry K, with natural gas,” said Carey Lykins, President and CEO of Citizens Energy Group. “Not only is burning natural gas cleaner, but thanks to the growing natural gas production from shale formations, it is an affordable and stable fuel source.”

In 2006, Citizens invested about $12 million at Perry K in order to comply with new air emission standards from the U.S EPA.  Faced with implementing a second set of air emission standards in 2014, Citizens determined it can lower future capital costs by $15 million by modifying the remaining coal boilers to burn natural gas rather than coal.

“We know that burning natural gas not only reduces our operating expenses, it also provides a cleaner, safer working environment for our employees” said Dave Kiesel, Director of Plant Engineering.

In October 2013, the first boiler was removed from service for conversion from coal to natural gas. Demolition of the boiler’s coal equipment took several weeks to complete, making room for the new natural fuel equipment and burners. By April 2014, two more boilers will be converted with the final boiler scheduled for conversion in June 2014.

Perry K produces steam for many large buildings, hospitals and industries in Downtown Indianapolis. The steam is distributed to Citizens’ customers through its district steam system, which is the second largest system in the U.S.

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