Urquhart Station

The oldest fossil plant in SCE&G’s system celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2003. Urquhart Station generates 650 megawatts of electricity by burning natural gas in its five units. At full load, Urquhart Station can produce enough power in one hour to provide the average electric needs of 650 residential customers for one month. It can also generate 50 megawatts of electricity from natural gas combustion turbines..

Environmental Initiatives

  • The plant converted two of its coal-fired units into combined-cycle operation, fueled by clean-burning natural gas, in 2002. The cost of the repowering project was more than $240 million. Nitrous oxide (NOx) emissions and sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions have been reduced substantially.
  • Unit 3, the last coal-fired unit onsite, was converted to burn natural gas in 2012.
  • The plant's cooling system is designed for minimal thermal impact on the Savannah River. Water used in secondary cooling systems is passed through settling and treatment ponds and is returned to the river in a cleaner condition than when originally withdrawn.

Plant Facts

  • Located near Augusta, in Aiken County S.C.
  • Generates 650 megawatts of electricity.
  • Began commercial operation in 1953.
  • Pays approximately $0.9 million in property taxes annually.
  • Employs approximately 70 employees.

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