Hydroelectric Plants in South Carolina
Fishing Creek
Location: SC
Operator: Duke Energy Carolinas
Configuration: 4 X 15 MW Francis
Operation: 1925
T/G supplier: AC, GE
Quick facts: Fishing Creek Dam is 1,770ft long with 22 floodgates. The station was built in on the Catawba River Chester Co by Southern Power Co, a forerunner of Duke Energy.

Photograph courtesy of North Carolina Dept of Environment & Natural Resources
Posted 13 Oct 2008

Saluda
Location: SC
Operator: South Carloina Electric 7 Gas
Configuration: 3 X 32.5 MW, 1 X 42.3 MW, 1 X 67.5 MW Francis
Operation: 1930-1971
T/G supplier: SMS, BLH, WH, GE
Quick facts: The Saluda Dam, also known as the Dreher Shoals Dam or the Lake Murray Dam, is on the Saluda River 10mi west of Columbia. Construction began in 1927 and completed in 1930, at which time this was the world’s largest earthen dam creating the then largest man-made lake. The main structures include a 7,800ft earthfill embankment dam, an emergency spillway, five concrete intake towers and associated penstocks and a surface powerhouse. In 2005, a $275mn seismic remediation project was completed consisting of a new backup RCC dam immediately downstream of and adjacent to the original dam. This work was required by FERC to protect from a catastrophic release of water in case of an earthquake-induced dam failure. The backup dam is 213ft high, with the RCC gravity section being approximately 2,300ft long with rock fill berm sections on the north and south ends having a combined length of approximately 5,700ft. The structure was built by Paul C Rizzo Associates and Barnard Construction Co.

Photograph by Ralph Mayer and courtesy of Fall Line Testing & Inspection LLC
Posted 2 Apr 2011

Strom Thurmond
Location: SC
Operator: US Army Corps of Engineers
Configuration: 7 X 40 MW Francis
Operation: 1946-1954
T/G supplier: NN, GE
Quick facts: This is the largest Corps of Engineers project east of the Mississippi River and was built as part of comprehensive development for the Savannah River Basin. Thurmond Lake is one of the 10 most visited Corps lakes in the nation, serving about 7mn visitors annually.Power is sold through the Southeastern Power Administration (SEPA).

Photograph by Jonas J Jordan and courtesy of USACE
Posted 19 Aug 2001

Wylie
Location: SC
Operator: Duke Energy Carolinas
Configuration: 4 X 15 MW Francis
Operation: 1925
T/G supplier: AC, GE
Quick facts: Wylie Lake was first created in 1904 by a dam near Fort Mill, SC, and is the oldest reservoir on the Catawba River. The dam was rebuilt in 1924 and the lake expanded to approximately 13,400ac. Lake Wylie was named after Dr W Gil Wylie, who organized Catawba Power Co, a predecessor of Duke Power. Lake Wylie also provides cooling water to the Allen coal-fired plant and and Catawba Nuclear Station.

Photograph courtesy of North Carolina Dept of Environment & Natural Resources
Posted 13 Oct 2008

Abbreviations

Data: industcards, Platts UDI World Electric Power Plants Data Base

Updated 04/02/11

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