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Vidalia in Concordia Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
 

Sidney A. Murray, Jr., Hydroelectric Station

1990

 
 
Sidney A. Murray, Jr., Hydroelectric Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By Karen Key, July 20, 2008
1. Sidney A. Murray, Jr., Hydroelectric Station Marker
Inscription. In 1990, construction of the largest prefabricated power plant in the world, the Sidney A. Murray, Jr., Hydroelectric Station, was completed 40 miles south of Vidalia. It was the vision of Mayor Sidney A. Murray, Jr. to harness the power of the Mississippi River and to stabilize energy rates for the citizens of the Town of Vidalia.

The first hydroelectric generating station in the State of Louisiana was developed jointly by the Catalyst-Vidalia Corp. and Dominion Capital, Inc. which formed a partnership, the Louisiana Hydroelectric Limited Partnership, in conjunction with co-licensee, the Town of Vidalia, at a cost of $534 million.

The 192 megawatt generating station is located just north of the U.S. Corps of Engineers' Old River Control Complex structures. The plant structure was prefabricated at Avondale Shipyards in New Orleans and was floated 208 miles upriver to its final destination.

Up to 170,000 cubic feet per second of water flows through the station's eight massive hydraulic turbines which were fabricated in England and Sweden. Engineers, designers and manufacturing workers from 16 foreign countries and 24 states were involved in the construction of Sidney Murray's dream to create a safe, clean renewable energy resource for the Town of Vidalia and the State of Louisiana.
 
Location.
Sidney A. Murray, Jr., Hydroelectric Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By Karen Key, July 20, 2008
2. Sidney A. Murray, Jr., Hydroelectric Station Marker
31° 33.883′ N, 91° 25.167′ W. Marker is in Vidalia, Louisiana, in Concordia Parish. Marker can be reached from Concordia Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is on the Vidalia Landing Riverwalk, off Highway 84. Marker is in this post office area: Vidalia LA 71373, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Relocation of Vidalia (within shouting distance of this marker); Natchez (approx. half a mile away); Fort Rosalie (approx. 0.7 miles away in Mississippi); Rosalie Cemetery (approx. 0.7 miles away in Mississippi); Intersection of South Broadway and Washington streets (approx. mile away in Mississippi); Bluff Park - Memorials and Louisiana Connections (approx. 0.8 miles away in Mississippi); Richard N. Wright (approx. 0.8 miles away in Mississippi); a different marker also named Natchez (approx. 0.8 miles away in Mississippi). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vidalia.
 
Categories. 20th CenturyNotable BuildingsWaterways & Vessels
 
Vidalia Landing Riverwalk image. Click for full size.
By Karen Key, July 20, 2008
3. Vidalia Landing Riverwalk
Vidalia Landing Riverwalk image. Click for full size.
By Karen Key, July 20, 2008
4. Vidalia Landing Riverwalk
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 5, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 22, 2008, by Karen Key of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 5,130 times since then and 138 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 22, 2008, by Karen Key of Sacramento, California.
 
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