Turk coal-fired power plant begins operations

AEP SWEPCO John W Turk Jr coal-fired power plant ultrasupercritical Arkansas

The $1.8 billion, 600 MW John W. Turk Jr. coal-fired power plant in Arkansas began commercial operations on Dec. 20. The plant is the first ultra-supercritical generating unit to go in to operation in the U.S.

Construction on the plant began in November 2008 but was halted by legal challenges. All legal issues were resolved in December 2011.

The Turk plant is named after the former president and chief executive officer of SWEPCO who passed away in 2009.

The Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO), a unit of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP), owns 73 percent of the plant. Arkansas Electric Co-Op Corp. owns 12 percent, East Texas Electric Co-Op owns 8 percent and Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority owns 7 percent.

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