BURNSIDE, Ky. - East Kentucky Power Cooperative informed the Kentucky Public Service Commission on Monday of its plans to proceed with construction of a water cooling tower at Cooper Station.
Cooperative officials said the cooling tower will ensure that the power plant remains fully operational regardless of changes in Lake Cumberland's elevation as repairs are made to Wolf Creek Dam. Construction of the tower is planned to begin in the next few weeks and will take about four months to complete.
"Cooper Station is critical to East Kentucky Power Cooperative's operations and to the regional transmission grid," said John Twitchell, EKPC senior vice president of generation and transmission operations. "It is a top priority for us to ensure that Cooper Station remains operational."
The cooling tower is the second phase of EKPC's two-part, $24 million plan to ensure the availability of cooling water for Cooper Station's two power-generating units as work proceeds on the dam. EKPC has deployed four barge-mounted pumps in the channel adjacent to the power plant, and will deploy four more by the end of the year.