Shaw to build in Arkansas

The Shaw Group has been awarded an engineering, procurement and construction contract by Southwestern Electric Power Company to build a new 600MW electric generating plant in Hempstead County, Arkansas.


The Shaw Group has been awarded an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract by Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) to build a 600MW electric generating plant in Hempstead County, Arkansas.



SWEPCO is seeking the necessary regulatory approvals to build the plant from various Arkansas, Texas and Louisiana authorities.



According to a statement, the John W. Turk, Jr – Unit 1 facility will use an ultra-supercritical advanced pulverised clean coal combustion technology. By increasing steam pressure and temperatures, the facility will require less fuel per megawatt hour, resulting in increased efficiency and reduced emissions.


The new plant is scheduled to be completed in mid-2011 at a total cost of approximately $1.3bn. Shaw’s EPC contract is valued at approximately $700m.