Builders to pre-qualify for two Ohio River hydropower projects

American Municipal Power Inc. invites applications for pre-qualification to construct powerhouses and related facilities at the 72-MW Smithland and 105-MW Meldahl hydroelectric projects on the Ohio River. Responses are due Oct. 4.

Owner AMP is working with owner’s engineer MWH to develop six hydroelectric projects at Corps of Engineers navigation dams. (Hydro Review April 2010) MWH currently is recruiting a resident engineer for one of the other projects, 84-MW Cannelton (No. 10288) on the Ohio. (HydroWorld 7/9/10)

MWH recruited a resident engineer for Meldahl (No. 12667) in 2009. (HydroWorld 11/13/09) Hydro Review reported in 2009 on use of modeling in design of Smithland (No. 6641) (Hydro Review November 2009)

Smithland, 40 miles northeast of Paducah, Ky., and Meldahl, 36 miles southeast of Cincinnati, Ohio, are to divert water from Corps locks and dams through powerhouses that will house three bulb-type turbine-generators. AMP named Voith Hydro to equip both Meldahl and Smithland. (HydroWorld 3/17/09)

Each powerhouse contract is to include a cast-in-place reinforced-concrete powerhouse; approach and tailrace channels; closure structures; operation and eventual removal of cofferdams and dewatering systems currently being built; and installation, testing, startup, and commissioning of equipment. Work is to begin in June 2011 and be completed in June 2014 at Meldahl and in October 2014 at Smithland.

Pre-qualification documents may be obtained by request to the MWH address below with a copy to the AMP address below.

Applications for pre-qualification are due by noon Oct. 4 to the AMP address below. AMP expects to make bidding documents available in December.

For information, contact:
o David Walters, Bid Phase Administrator, MWH Inc., 175 W. Jackson Boulevard, Suite 1900, Chicago, IL 60604; (1) 312-831-3433; E-mail:;
o Phil Meier, Assistant Vice President – Hydro Development, American Municipal Power Inc., 1111 Schrock Road, Columbus, OH 43229; E-mail:

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