The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) awarded York-based Voith Hydro a nearly $50 million contract to modernize the turbines and generators at the Norfork Dam in Baxter County, Arkansas.
The work, which will also improve water quality below the dam, is expected to begin soon and projected to last through 2028.
Originally completed in 1944, the Norfork Dam powerhouse features two turbine/generator units each with 31.3 megawatts (MW) of generating capacity that were originally manufactured in the 1940’s in York, Voith Hydro said.
Upon completion, each unit could generate up to 46.5 MW. The improvements are expected to improve the water quality below the dam with Voith Hydro’s proven dissolved oxygen enhancement technology that has been improving aquatic habitats downstream of dams for over 25 years, the company said.
“Voith Hydro’s U.S.-based workforce is excited to give new life to an iconic dam in the heart of the Ozarks,” said Stanley Kocon, president and CEO of Voith Hydro Inc.
“We thank the Army Corps of Engineers for the contract award, which recognizes Voith Hydro’s unparalleled technology and know-how in both hydropower modernization and environmental performance,” Kocon said. “Voith Hydro is proud to design and manufacture this equipment right here in the U.S. – equipment that will provide clean and renewable electricity for the people and businesses across Arkansas and the Ozarks region.”