Hempstead Co. residents may hear testing of Turk Power Plant | Business
SWEPCO's Turk Power Plant in Hempstead County will begin checking pipes and other equipment over the next several weeks beginning on August 25 as it prepares to go online in the coming months.
The testing involves pushing high-pressure steam through various pipes to make sure they're ready when the plant's turbine is operational.
During the testing, folks living in Fulton, McNab and the Crossroads communities may hear loud bursts of noises similar to a jet engine. At times, clouds of harmless steam will be seen in the air. Both are part of the normal testing process to get the power plant ready. SWEPCO has let public officials, emergency responders and residents know about the upcoming tests.
SWEPCO says the 600-megawatt plant is 93 percent finished and will help meet growing electricity needs. The plant should be finished just before the end of the year and will have 109 permanent jobs.
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