In about two months, the first of seven new turbines being installed as part of a massive upgrading of OGE’s Mustang Power Plant will be “fired up.”
The company’s in the middle of the project that started nearly 18 months ago to replace turbines put in place in the 1950s. An estimated 350 employees are on site with PCL Construction.
“We’re replacing the simple cycle turbines installed in the 1950s with seven new quick-start, natural gas-fired combustion turbines,” explained Gayle Berry, senior communications specialist for OGE who discussed the project with The Yukon Review.
As explained to the newspaper, the old turbines took 10 to 20 hours to reach full power but once the new turbines are in place, it’ll only take 10 minutes.
Project Manager Steven Blansett said the first of the new turbines will be fired up in September and the rest will be operational by the end of the year.
When all seven units are in operation, the old plant will be decommissioned.