Turk Plant Begins Commercial Operation

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Turk Plant Begins Commercial Operation

The Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA) has invested in AEP’s Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) nominal 600-megawatt baseload power plant, the John W. Turk Jr. Power Plant, which started commercial operation on December 20th.   OMPA’s share in the plant is 6.6 percent or 41 megawatts. The Turk plant is located north of Fulton, Arkansas in Hempstead County.

“The completion of this plant marks a milestone for OMPA in our efforts to meet the power supply needs of our 39 member cities. I appreciate the cooperation the Authority has received in the construction of this plant that adds a dependable source of power to our portfolio,” said Cindy L. Holman, OMPA General Manager.

The Turk plant uses an advanced clean coal combustion technology called “ultra-supercritical” that uses 20 percent less coal and further reduces emissions from the plant.  SWEPCO owns 71 percent of the $1.8 billion plant and is the plant operator.

Shreveport-based SWEPCO serves more than 524,000 customers in three states, including 114,000 in western Arkansas.

The Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA) is a joint-action agency created for the purpose of providing an adequate, reliable and affordable supply of electrical power and energy to Oklahoma’s municipally owned electric systems.  The Authority presently serves 39 municipally owned electric systems in Oklahoma.  As a consumer-owned public power entity, OMPA is owned by the member cities it serves.