Historic work underway at Denison Dam Powerhouse

Published: Jan. 19, 2021 at 6:37 PM CST
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DENISON, Texas (KXII) - The U-S Army Corps of Engineers is in the final stages of a historical project at the Denison Dam Powerhouse. Crews worked to replace a hydropower turbine.

This is the second turbine retrofit at the Denison Dam happening at its 75th anniversary, replacing some of the original technology from 1947. This project started in 2017 to more efficiently create power to power Texoma.

“There’s two turbines in there. One of them is finished, unit one was finalized about May of last year. And the second one we started the rehab on it about October 2020,” said Tulsa District Commander for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Scott Preston.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers say this last turbine will take about a year to install and test before its producing power.

In April the powerhouse will be commemorated for 75 years in service.

“The powerhouse was put here back in the 40s. This was set up to give cost effective power to local rural residents,” said Preston.

“We figured out basically how much power this has generated over time. This unit alone has basically produced power in the 75 years that it was generating to basically power New York City for two years,” said Construction Representative for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, William Anderson.

They say the new turbine is more technologically advanced from the old one.

“They’re gonna be able to produce the same amount of power with less amount of water coming through. So back when these were built they were rated for about 40-44 megawatts of power per turbine. These new ones will be a little bit over 50 megawatts of power full capacity,” said Preston.

“From a flood control standpoint, producing power is the best way to do it for us because we want to use that to produce power, something of value for both the local community and for our government,” said Anderson.

The old turbine will now permanently live here outside the dam to view the turbine and learn more about how the powerhouse works.

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