California utility seeks design, engineering for 2.7-MW New Slab Creek hydro plant

Sacramento Municipal Utility District seeks bids to provide owner’s engineering services for development of the 2.7-MW New Slab Creek powerhouse in California. Bids are due May 6.

SMUD received nearly $1.5 million in a U.S. Energy Department Sustainable Small Hydro grant in 2011 for New Slab Creek, which is to replace the powerhouse at Slab Creek Dam, part of SMUD’s 647.726-MW Upper American River project. Under proposed relicensing of Upper American River (No. 2101), SMUD is to begin releasing substantially higher flows from many Upper American reservoirs, including Slab Creek reservoir, to improve aquatic habitat. The New Slab Creek powerhouse would utilize the increased flows to generate additional electricity.

SMUD seeks proposals for design engineering and engineering support services for New Slab Creek Powerhouse and Boating Flow Release Valve. The turnkey engineering work is to include hydraulic modeling, final design, engineering of record, equipment procurement bid packages, shop witness tests, quality control inspection plans, engineering support during construction and commissioning support services.

The work is expected to require four years at an estimated $1.5 million.

The request for proposals may be obtained on the Internet from SMUD’s electronic bidding system,, under Solicitation No. 140069.SD — New Slab Creek Powerhouse.

Bids are due by 5 p.m., Pacific time, May 6. For information, contact Bill Collins, Project Development Manager, Power Generation, MS K 102, 6201 S St., Sacramento, CA 95817; (1) 916-732-6647; E-mail:; Internet:


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