Turk Plant

John W. Turk, Jr. Power Plant

Meeting SWEPCO Customers' Energy Needs

The John W. Turk, Jr. Power Plant is one of the cleanest, most efficient coal-fueled plants in the United States. The 600-megawatt facility began operation in December 2012 as the first "ultra-supercritical" unit in operation in the United States. Its advanced coal combustion technology uses less coal and produces fewer emissions, including carbon dioxide, than traditional pulverized coal plants.

State-of-the art emission control technologies and the use of low-sulfur coal enable the Turk Plant to meet emission limits that are among the most stringent ever required for a pulverized coal unit.

SWEPCO and the Turk Plant received several project awards in 2013:

  • Edison Electric Institute's (EEI) Edison Award, the electric power industry's most prestigious honor, for the completion and commercial operation of the plant
  • Power Engineering Magazine's "Best Coal-fired Project" for its cleaner, more efficient source of power generation and new technology, and the magazine's "Plant of the Year" award
  • Engineering News Record Texas & Louisiana Magazine's "Best Project Winner" in the Energy/Industrial category and "Best Safety Award" winner by for its outstanding construction quality and craftsmanship, and the high-priority safety culture of site management
Location: Fulton, Ark. (Hempstead County)
Capacity: 600 megawatts (MW)
Ownership: SWEPCO – 73% (440 MW)
Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp. (AECC) – 12% (70 MW)
East Texas Electric Cooperative (ETEC) – 8% (50 MW)
Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA) – 7% (40 MW)
Plant Operator: SWEPCO
Investment: $1.8 billion (SWEPCO's share $1.3 billion)
Commercial Operation Date: Dec. 20, 2012
Technology: Ultra-supercritical (USC) steam generation
Named For: John W. Turk, Jr., SWEPCO President & CEO, 1983-1988