Prairie State Energy Campus, Lively Grove, IL
Shaumbaugh & Son (Shambaugh) provided fire protection design, fabrication, and installation for the Prairie State Energy Campus – the largest greenfield coal-fired power plant built in the United States in the past 20 years.
Operated by the Prairie State Generating Company, LLC (Prairie State), the facility is comprised of two, 800-megawatt power units covering an enormous campus in Lively Grove, Illinois. Armed with advanced technology, Shambaugh installed cutting-edge fire protection systems across the facility, helping to protect critical equipment and create a safe work environment.
The Prairie State Energy Campus was designed to increase the capacity of the region’s power grid, while producing less carbon-dioxide emissions than comparable coal-burning plants. Equipped with supercritical steam generators, pulverized coal technology, and an on-site coal mine, Prairie State calculates the plant will generate 15 percent fewer emissions than older facilities.
The new construction project featured a design-build approach and involved a wide array of fire protection solutions. During the project, Shambaugh delivered the following:
- Networked plant fire detection, alarm, and release systems
- Wet systems for two steam turbine buildings
- Multiple deluge systems for plant transformers and lube oil blocks
- Preaction systems for generator and turbine bearings
- Wet and dry sprinkler system for gas compressors and other structures
- Water mitigation system for on-site ammonia storage facility
At the time of completion, the Prairie State Energy Campus was the largest private capital project ever undertaken in Illinois. Electricity from the plant is distributed to eight Midwestern-based public power utilities, serving nine states.