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ZIMMER WINS PLANT OF THE YEAR AWARD

 ZIMMER WINS PLANT OF THE YEAR AWARD
 COLUMBUS, Ohio, March 5 /PRNewswire/ -- "Power" magazine, an


internationally recognized publication about the electric utility industry has selected the Wm. H. Zimmer Generating Station to receive its coveted "1992 Power Plant Award."
 Zimmer was chosen "for pioneering the conversion of a nearly completed nuclear plant to an efficient coal-fired unit with state-of-the-art emissions controls," according to Robert G. Schwieger, editorial director of "Power."
 Schwieger said the key criterion used in selecting award winners was "leadership in the application of fresh ideas and new technology and equipment to minimize environmental impact and maximize efficiency."
 The award will be presented in June to Zimmer's three owners -- The Cincinnati Gas & Electric Co. (CG&E), Columbus Southern Power Co. (CSP) and The Dayton Power and Light Co. CG&E is operating the facility. American Electric Power Service Corp. (AEPSC) was project manager for the conversion which included responsibility for licensing, engineering, design, procurement, construction, preoperational testing and start-up.
 "We set high performance standards in the engineering, design and construction of Zimmer," said Richard E. Disbrow, chairman and chief executive officer of American Electric Power and CSP. "And the final measure of success is the plant's operating performance. During 1991 the unit operated at 100 percent load 93.5 percent of the time and at a lower than expected heat rate."
 Zimmer is the cleanest coal-fired plant in Ohio. Its state-of-the-art pollution control equipment includes an electrostatic precipitator which removes 99.8 percent of the fly ash particles. The flue-gas desulfurization system, or scrubber, removes a minimum of 91 percent of the sulfur dioxide from the flue gas while not exceeding an emission cap of 0.548 pounds of sulfur dioxide per million Btu.
 Zimmer is the world's first and only conversion of a nuclear plant to a coal-fired unit. Located on the Ohio River about 28 miles southeast of Cincinnati, the 1300-megawatt unit has been in commercial operation since March 30, 1991 and will cleanly burn approximately 3.5 million tons of Ohio's high-sulfur coal each year. It was completed two months ahead of schedule and more than 20 percent under budget.
 New construction for the coal-fired unit began on March 17, 1987. Constraints such as a small site size, limited transportation access and a tight schedule and budget triggered AEPSC to pioneer many new and innovative construction techniques for the utility industry. The most significant was the concept of modularization -- building major components, or modules, offsite and delivering them fully assembled to the site by barge via the Ohio River. A 1,200-ton Lampson crane, with boom and jib measuring 490 feet, lifted more than 200 major components weighing as much as 550 tons from barges and set them into place.
 The plant also features AEPSC's proven 1300-megawatt series design, which provides high reliability and low heat rate, that is, a low ratio of heat to electric power generated. Zimmer is AEPSC's seventh 1300-megawatt unit. Special design and engineering features allowed the use of major equipment already in place, such as two low pressure turbines, a generator, steam condensor, condensate and condensate clean-up systems, cooling tower, service systems, substation and transmission lines.
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