Missouri River Energy Services, on behalf of the Western Minnesota Municipal Power Agency, told the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in a brief Aug. 5 notice that construction work has begun on a hydroelectric project.
“This letter serves to notify FERC that Western Minnesota Municipal Power Agency has released its General Construction Contractor, Ames Construction, Inc., to start construction on the Red Rock Hydroelectric Project. The Project site has been closed to the public on August 4th and mobilization activities have begun.”
Missouri River Energy Services (MRES) and the Western Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (WMMPA) announced in March that they are moving forward with the Red Rock Hydroelectric Project and that they chose Ames Construction as the general contractor.
The hydro plant will be built at the existing Red Rock Dam along the Des Moines River near Pella, Iowa. With a nameplate capacity of 36.4 MW, it will be the second largest hydroelectric plant in the state of Iowa. At certain times of the year, when water is plentiful, the plant will be capable of generating up to 55 MW.
“Since we first announced our intentions to build the Red Rock Hydroelectric Project in 2011, we have been working our way through an intense, time-consuming regulatory process with state and federal agencies,” said MRES CEO Tom Heller in a March 27 statement.
Earlier in March, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers granted the final two approvals needed before construction of the project can begin. The project could be ready for commercial operation in 2018.