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New Turbine Arrives at Stockton Lake

STOCKTON LAKE, Mo. -- After about 10 days of travel by rail and car, the new turbine made its way from the east coast to the Stockton Lake Hydroelectric Power Plant Wednesday morning
From York, Pennsylvania, to Springfield, and finally Stockton Lake, the new turbine finally reached what it will now call home at Stockton Lake Hydroelectric Power Plant. It's one of many upgrades that are currently underway at the plant. An average of 20 people a day have been working around the clock on various parts of the unit.

"Now that we have most of the components here on site, we'll begin reassembly, testing, and that kind of thing to get it back into service," said Rob Hendricks, Operational Project Manager at Stockton Lake.

The new cast steel turbine hub, itself, weighs a massive 144 tons. With the added parts, the unit will be about 23 feet in diameter, stand 19 feet high, and weigh approximately 204 tons.

Near the entrance of the plant is the original turbine that was in operation since 1973. The new unit will be roughly the same size, but with one extra blade. With the turbine's seventh blade and upgrade in technology, the plant will now be able to generate an increase in electricity from 48 megawatts to now 52 megawatts.

"The new unit should be more efficient, using less water and producing more power. Hydropower is a good source of energy that replaces a lot of use of our coals, our oils, our natural gases. So, it's a good, clean source of energy for us," said Hendricks.

Stockton Lake is one of 24 hydroelectric plants within the grid of hydroelectric power marketed through the U.S. Department of Energy. Hydroelectricity generates power through the use of gravitational force or falling water-- in this case, the Stockton Dam.

Through the Southwestern Power Administration, the new turbine will contribute to the 675 mega-watt capacity that is marketed to 14 different cities within the state, including Springfield.

"Through the use of this new turbine, we do see the use of coal and natural gas, and fossil fuels, we hope to use as hydroelectrical power to support homes and businesses around the area, including Springfield," Hendricks said.

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