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CONSUMERS POWER'S KARN FOUR UNIT TO CONVERT TO NATURAL GAS

 CONSUMERS POWER'S KARN FOUR UNIT TO CONVERT TO NATURAL GAS
 ESSEXVILLE, Mich., Feb. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- In a move to improve its competitive position, Consumers Power Company today announced it will convert oil-fired Unit 4 of its Dan E. Karn electric generating plant near Essexville to enable the unit to use natural gas.
 The conversion will allow Consumers Power to operate the unit on gas fuel primarily in the summer when customer demand for electricity is high and natural gas supplies are seasonally the least expensive and most abundant.
 The conversion will also result in air quality benefits through the substitution of clean burning natural gas for fuel oil, as well as through use of new, low nitrogen oxide-emitting, state-of-the-art burner technology.
 "Conversion of Unit 4 will allow us to use either oil or gas or both, depending on the most economical fuel supplies available," said Robert J. Nicholson, Consumers Power's vice president of fossil and hydro operations. "We'll be able to switch fuels on the fly," Nicholson added, saying "whatever is the least expensive way to produce electricity, that's the way we'll run."
 The $8 million project began recently and will be completed by May 1993. It will include replacement of the unit's burners with low-emitting gas/oil burners, replacement of oil ignitors with gas ignitors, installation of a 16-inch gas supply line on each side of the unit's boiler and 10-inch headers across each burner deck, and installation of controls and valving. At maximum capacity, the unit will use 4.3 million cubic feet of gas per hour. The conversion will utilize existing pipelines serving the plant.
 Located at the mouth of the Saginaw River near Saginaw Bay, Unit 4 of the Karn plant entered operation in 1977. When utilizing both natural gas and oil, it is capable of generating 638 megawatts of electricity. Operating on gas only, the unit will have a capacity of 425 megawatts.
 Consumers Power Company, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy Corporation (NYSE: CMS), is Michigan's largest natural gas and electric utility serving almost 6 million of the state's 9 million residents in 67 of the 68 Lower Peninsula counties.
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 /CONTACT: Charles E. MacInnis of Consumers Power, 517-788-0333/
 (CMS) CO: Consumers Power Company; CMS Energy Corporation ST: Michigan IN: UTI SU:


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