AMP-Ohio awards $300 million contract for Ohio River projects

American Municipal Power-Ohio announced June 17 it awarded an equipment contract worth more than $300 million to Voith Siemens Hydro Power Generation for three hydroelectric projects on the Ohio River totaling 191 MW.

Voith Siemens will manufacture a total of eight bulb turbines and generators for 35-MW Willow Island (No. 6902) at Willow Island Locks and Dam near Waverly, W.Va., 84-MW Cannelton (No. 10228) at Cannelton Locks and Dam, near Cannelton, Ind., and 72-MW Smithland (No. 6641) at Smithland Locks and Dam in Livingston County, Ky.

AMP-Ohio said it awarded the contract following evaluation of bids by its staff and the owner’s engineer, MWH. (HNN 6/4/07)

Voith Siemens said it would manufacture many of the turbine components in York, Pa. Voith Siemens President E. Mark Garner added his company also is considering the possibility of opening a new manufacturing plant in Ohio, contingent upon state incentives.

“Voith Siemens Hydro is thrilled to be part of this exciting development of renewable energy in the United States,” Garner said. “These projects represent the largest order in our 131-year history in the United States.”

AMP-Ohio said it is drawing on its experience in constructing and operating the 42-MW Belleville project (No. 6939) in Belleville, W.Va., also on the Ohio River.

Eighty-five AMP-Ohio member utilities are participating in the hydro projects and have executed contracts to purchase their power. AMP-0hio said it is working with members to develop additional projects at existing dams with the goal of adding more than 350 MW of hydro capacity.

“The energy of water flowing over the dams on the Ohio River has been largely untapped,” AMP-Ohio President Marc Gerken said. “Harnessing this energy will serve the dual purpose of mitigating our members’ exposure to increasing wholesale market prices and bring much needed generation into the region.”

Gerken added AMP-Ohio also is in final negotiations with contractors to begin cofferdam construction at the three sites. He said the company anticipates the new generation facilities will go on line in 2012. (HNN 8/8/07)

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