LOCATION: On a 1,000 acre bend along Crooked Creek, about one mile downstream from its Plum Creek branch, approximately half way between Elderton and the Village of South Bend.
GROUND BROKEN: November, 1964
- Unit No. 1: August 1967
- Unit No. 2: July 23, 1968
CAPACITY: 1,800,00 kilowatts from two identical units.
Sufficient to light 18,000,000 lamps or turn 9,000,000 motors.
BOILERS: Steam capacity: 6,350,000 pounds per hour.
Heat output: 7,170,000 Btu per hour, sufficient to warm 179,000 homes.
COAL Burns 650 tons per hour; 5,500,00 tons per year.
Coal quality: 12,200 Btu per pound; 17% ash; 2.4% sulfur
COAL PILE 850 feet long, 750 wide, 35 feet high.
Contains 30 day supply ---500,000 tons.
CHIMNEYS - 2Height 800 feet.
Diameter at base is 67 feet, 34 feet at top.
Walls are a 36 inch thick concrete shell with a 3/8 inch thick steel liner.
Wind sway is 12 inches at top.
COOLING TOWERS - 4 Height is 325 feet.
Diameter at base is 247 feet, at top 142 feet
Bottom air inlet is 26 feet high
Thickness of walls vary from 5 to 12 inches
1,580,000 asbestos-cement sheets fill interior to height of 16 feet from top of vails.
Spray nozzles - 4, 766
Cools 560,000 gallons of water from 118 F to 90 F every minute
From 9,000 to 13,000 gallons of water evaporated per minute
KEYSTONE DAM & RESERVOIR
Four miles north of station on North Branch of Plum Creek.
Water surface: 850 acres, 5.5 miles long; 18.4 miles shoreline
Size of abutting Recreation Area, 2,550 acres
Rolled earth dam, 90 feet high, 1, 400 feet long.
Chute spillway discharges into South Branch of Plum Creek.
Station water is supplied by controlled release to Plum Creek and flows by gravity to station.
Minimun release of water: 55 cubic feet per second.
Minimun flow at station: 30 cubic feet per second.
Water height at brest of dam: 82 feet maximun; 45 feet minimun.
Open for free public use under supervision of the Pennsylvania Fish Commission.
Edited by Maury Tosi
I was superintendent for Ragnar Benson, Inc. (Chicago-Pittsburgh) for the construction of the four cooling towers and the Keystone Dam.