A Look Inside the J.W. Turk Power Plant

Construction of the new, coal-burning John W. Turk, Jr. Power Plant in Fulton, Arkansas put more than 150 carpenters and millwrights to work over the course of this three-year project. SSMRC millwrights are working on pulverizers, motors and gear boxes for the new boiler for contractor Performance Contracting International out of Atlanta, Georgia. Another 40-50 millwrights worked for Marley Cooling Towers to help erect cooling towers starting. And, thereís work being done for Commonwealth Constructors for the silos and smokestack.

The plant is a new construction for the Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO). According to the SWEPCO web site, the John W. Turk, Jr. Power Plant will be one of the cleanest, most environmentally responsible and efficient coal-fueled plants in the United States, and the first of its kind in operation in the country.

The Plant will use low-sulfur coal and state-of-the art emission control technologies to meet stringent emission limits. And, the plantís advanced coal combustion technology will use less coal and produce fewer emissions, including carbon dioxide, than traditional pulverized coal plants.

The Turk Plant will serve SWEPCO customers in Arkansas, Texas and Louisiana.

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