Construction of Red Rock hydropower plant to begin in early 2014

A plan to install a hydroelectric project at the existing Red Rock Reservoir is moving forward, per officials with Missouri River Energy Services.

Missouri River Energy Services (MRES), which includes 61 municipal utilities from Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota, pre-qualified builders for the US$260 million project in September 2012.

The group awarded Voith Hydro a $46 million contract to supply generators and turbines for the Red Rock plant in April 2012, giving the project the capability to generate up to 55 MW at certain times of the year when water is available, though it is licensed at 36.4 MW.

Work on the project should begin in early 2014, with Red Rock being operational by late 2016, MRES said.

Red Rock Dam is operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and is located on the Des Moines River near Knoxville, Iowa.

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