Federal Electric Power:

Repairs Made on Turbines at Two Arkansas River Dams

RCED-86-208FS: Published: Aug 28, 1986. Publicly Released: Sep 29, 1986.

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In response to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the results of: (1) its inquiry on the current status of the power-generating units at two Arkansas River dams; and (2) the basis for the Army Corps of Engineers' decision to pay for repairs to the dams rather than seek legal recourse against the turbine manufacturer.

GAO found that: (1) all eight turbines at the two dams were repaired and in service as of May 23, 1986; (2) there has been no recurrence of problems related to the repairs; and (3) the Corps decided against seeking legal action against the turbine manufacturer, since the Corps' consultant supported the manufacturer's contention that the failures were due to defects that were beyond state-of-the-art turbine design at the time of construction.

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