New developer seeks bids to design three Ohio River projects

The new developer of three Ohio River hydroelectric projects seeks proposals for engineering design services for the 35-MW Willow Island, 83-MW Smithland, and 79.8-MW Cannelton projects. Proposals are due Feb. 16.

American Municipal Power-Ohio Inc., representing 119 municipal utilities in five states, seeks an owner’s engineer to be responsible for powerhouse design, turbine-generator equipment specifications, cofferdam specifications, general construction specifications, concrete structures, mechanical and electrical systems, transmission lines, and balance of plant. The owner’s engineer is to take the projects through construction, including design engineering, engineering during construction, and resident engineering.

AMP-Ohio said it will enter into arrangements with licensee New Martinsville, W.Va., an AMP-Ohio member, for development of Willow Island (No. 6902). It said it already has agreements with licensees WV Hydro and Marion, Ky., for Smithland (No. 6641), and licensee WV Hydro for Cannelton (No. 10228). AMP-Ohio has filed license transfer applications that are pending before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

AMP-Ohio, which already operates the 42-MW Belleville project (No. 6939) on the Ohio in West Virginia, expects to make changes in configurations to all three projects, using conventional horizontal shaft bulb turbines. No change in capacity is anticipated for Willow Island. However, capacities would change to 72 MW for Smithland and 84 MW for Cannelton, which most recently had been designed to utilize modular Hydromatrix generating units.

AMP-Ohio said about 70 of its members have agreed to fund the initial developmental costs, including engineering, sub-surface drilling, and hydraulic model studies.

AMP-Ohio said it received certification for Clean Renewable Energy Bonds from the federal government for Willow Island and Smithland. (HNN 12/12/06) It plans to use the funds for capital-related expenses.

A request for proposals document may be obtained from the address below. Proposals are due by 2 p.m., Feb. 16 to Phil Meier, Chief Information Officer, AMP-Ohio, 2600 Airport Drive, Columbus, OH 43219; (1) 614-416-8135; E-mail:

Noting its total renewable energy needs will reach more than 300 MW by 2010, AMP-Ohio said it is exploring developing capacity at Meldahl and Pike Island dams on the Ohio. Augusta, Ky., lost its license (No. 10395) for a 68.775-MW Meldahl project in 2006 because it failed to begin construction despite deadline extensions totaling 10 years. (HNN 6/1/06) The 49.5-MW Pike Island project (No. 3218) has been licensed to Orrville, Ohio since 1989.

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