U.S. awards contract for 176.5-MW Palisades

The Bureau of Reclamation awarded a $1 million contract May 2 to Eagle Rock Timber Co. of Idaho Falls to build a machine shop at the 176.564-MW Palisades Dam power plant in Idaho.

Eagle Rock Timber is to furnish and construct a machine shop addition, and perform structural excavation and structural steel work. The contractor also will remove and relocate a five-ton crane.

Acting Commissioner William Rinne said the work would help ensure the safe operation of Palisades Dam while providing a secure area for BuRec employees. The work is to be completed by February 2007.

Palisades Dam and reservoir is a multi-purpose project built in 1957 on the Snake River 55 miles southeast of Idaho Falls. It provides supplemental water to 670,000 acres of irrigated land, and generates electricity in the Upper Snake River Valley for irrigation pumping units, municipalities, rural cooperatives, and other power users.

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