New Year Brings New Coal-Based Power Plant

Posted by Steve Gates at 11:55 am, January 07, 2013
One story that you may have missed from the end of December was that SWEPCO’s John W. Turk Jr. Power Plant began commercial operations on December 20, 2012 in Arkansas.  Located in Hempstead County, the Turk Plant is a 600-megawatt plant and is the first ultra-supercritical generating unit to go into operation in the U.S.  Because of the technology built into the plant, it is able to  generate electricity more efficiently at higher temperatures, requiring less coal and producing fewer emissions to generate the same amount of power as existing coal units.
“At Turk, we’ve deployed ultra-supercritical generating technology, and built one of the nation’s cleanest, most efficient pulverized coal generating plants,” said Nicholas K. Akins, AEP president and chief executive officer. “Turk will provide reliable, affordable power for our customers and project partners and will provide significant benefits for the area’s economy.”
Construction of the Turk Plant began in November 2008, and the project provided up to 2,200 construction jobs at the peak of employment in May 2011. The plant will have 109 permanent positions and an estimated annual payroll of $9 million. Turk will provide an additional $6 million in annual school and county property tax revenues for Southwest Arkansas.
Among the many environmental benefits of the the Turk Plant is that is uses low-sulfur coal and state-of-the art emissions control technologies, including a design that allows for the retrofit of carbon dioxide controls. The emission control technology enables the Turk Plant to meet emission limits that are among the most stringent ever required for a pulverized coal unit anywhere in the U.S.

3 Responses to “New Year Brings New Coal-Based Power Plant”

  1. Agulonu Anthonia says:

    Am quite impressed with this state-of-art technology. Nothing can be compared to any technology that supports sustainability. It is quite comforting that we understand our evironmental challenges and are working very hard to overcome it.
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    Please what is the efficiency of Turk Power Plant?

  2. Very interesting post!

  3. Requiring less coal is a breakthrough for many companies and this is no different. We should more on developing green strategies like some companies such as Qualified Cleaning Services. It really demonstrates how considerate a company is towards cutting costs and allowing for a company to build up its’ reputation.

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