Alstom wins contract for 28.5-MW Minidoka hydropower plant turbine overhaul

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has awarded a $5.3 million contract to Alstom Power Inc. to overhaul two turbines at the Allen E. Inman power plant at the 28.5-MW Minidoka hydroelectric plant.

Reclamation most recently sought bids for the work in December as part of ongoing rehabilitation of Minidoka.

Per the tender, Alstom will refurbish the horizontal turbine runners of Units 8 and 9, including furnishing and installing new mechanical seals, and furnishing and installing new digital governors.

Reclamation recruited firms in 2013 to repair gate equipment at Minidoka Dam, an 86-foot-tall zoned earthfill structure that began operating in 1909. It awarded a $21.32 million contract to Record Steel and Construction Inc. in 2011 to construct new spillways and canal headworks.

Minidoka is located on the Snake River in Idaho. USBR celebrated the completion of a new spillway at the plant with a public ceremony earlier this week.

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Michael Harris formerly was Editor for HydroWorld.com.

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