Big Cajun II, Louisiana’s first coal-fired station, is located on a 2,000-acre site on the Mississippi River in New Roads, LA. Units 1 and 3 are coal-fired units generating 580 megawatts each. Unit 2 was converted from coal to natural gas and generates 570 megawatts. Unit 3 is jointly owned. Louisiana Generation LLC owns 58 percent, and Entergy owns 42 percent of the unit.
Unit 2 was converted from coal to natural gas in 2015—sharply reducing emissions of sulfur, mercury, nitrogen oxide and particulate matter. Other technologies installed include Selective Non-Catalytic Reduction (SNCR) technology, low nitrogen oxide burners and over fire air configurations to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions.
The crew operating Big Cajun II is setting new standards for cleaner coal, and their strong commitment to safety has earned the plant recognition as a STAR Site in the OSHA Voluntary Protection Program.