There is much activity these days around the Grand River Dam Authority’s Grand River Energy Center (GREC).

Of course, this is the location of GRDA’s new Unit 3 combined cycle gas generation plant, which is getting closer and closer to completion and the moment when GRDA’s customers will see the benefits of perhaps the most efficient gas generator in the United States.

With a capability of 495 megawatts the new unit will be fueled by Oklahoma natural gas and will take GRDA to a new level of diversity in its electric generation portfolio.

Meanwhile, the restoration work on GRDA Unit 2 – the coal generator that was damaged in a fire on July 1, 2016 – is also nearing completion. Final testing, inspections and the last items on the checklist to bring it back online will soon be completed.

Originally built in the early 1980s, Unit 2 is the only coal generator in Oklahoma to be equipped with a scrubber to help clean emissions. Further, GRDA upgraded all those emission controls with the latest technology in 2015.

With its upcoming return to service, Unit 2 will bring this new emissions technology, as well as new turbine-generator components – to help power homes, business and industry all across the state.

As you can imagine, it has taken much time, effort and coordination to move both of these major projects forward. GRDA broke ground on the Unit 3 construction in January 2015 and work began soon after.

Then, following the July 2016 fire on Unit 2, additional contractors arrived on site to begin that restoration effort.

Through it all, GRDA personnel at the GREC have continued their efforts to maintain the facility while working alongside contractors on special projects related to both the construction and restoration.

Ultimately, these employees are the ones that will insure that both Units 2 and 3 get the job done – generating abundant, reliable electricity – for their home state.

These projects are not completed just yet, but as we get closer to the finish line, we want to recognize the efforts of Team GRDA, as it goes about its daily tasks both safely and efficiently, in the middle of so much activity.

Headquartered in Vinita, Grand River Dam Authority is Oklahoma’s state-owned electric utility; fully funded by revenues from electric and water sales instead of taxes. GRDA’s power touches 75 of 77 counties in the state. GRDA also manages 70,000 surface acres of lakes in the state, including Grand Lake, Lake Hudson and the W.R. Holway Reservoir. For more information, persons interested may visit www.grda.com, or http://bit.ly/grda-grandlake.