The Bath County Pumped Storage Project

by Carl W. Pennington, Virginia Power, Warm Springs, VA, USA,
John C. Clark, Virginia Power, Warm Springs, VA, USA,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Waterpower '85

Abstract: Virginia Power and the Allegheny Power System will introduce an important new peaking power service in late 1985, when the first unit of the Bath County Pumped Storage Station becomes commercially operational. The 2100 MW addition to a six state service area, comprising nearly three million customers, represents a 1. 65 billion investment in the largest facility of this type in the world. Virginia Power began construction in 1977, and suffered a two year slowdown during 1980-1982 based on financial uncertainties. Since resumption of full scale activities in 1982, the Project completion program has provided the opportunity for cost saving management approaches and several innovative construction techniques.

Subject Headings: Power plants | Energy storage | Waste storage | Construction methods | Hydro power | Construction costs | Pumping stations | Innovation | North America | Virginia | United States

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