Duke rail service maintenance to create additional coal truck traffic

October 24, 2017

MOUNT CARMEL — Duke Energy’s Gibson Generating Station is shutting down a portion of rail service for planned maintenance, which is expected to increase coal truck deliveries to the plant.

“We are looking to receive some trucked coal for the next few months to accommodate planned maintenance for rail unloading equipment at the plant,” Duke Energy Indiana spokesperson Angeline Protogere confirmed Tuesday. “No arrangements have been finalized, however, so I don’t have details to share. Because we have two rail unloading relocations, we’ll be able to stagger the repairs and continue using some rail service and supplement with truck deliveries,” she said.

Mount Carmel Mayor Bill Hudson told the city council Monday that coal truck traffic from Friendsville Mine west of the city will increase through town for deliveries to the plant. Hudson said he received information that the increased traffic from hauling coal to Duke by truck instead of by rail would continue until the end of the year.

Hudson said residents should be aware of the additional coal truck traffic on Illinois Route 15, 9th Street and Walnut Street while rail service maintenance is down at the power plant.