Panel signs off on work so far on Red Rock hydropower project in Iowa

A four-member panel of experts in dam and hydroelectric project design and construction has given its approval to construction work thus far at the Red Rock Hydroelectric Project, located on the Des Moines River near Pella, Iowa.

An Independent External Peer Review (IEPR) Panel was on site at the project Jan. 14-15 to review reports, tour the facilities, observe construction activities, and examine various construction elements, said Missouri River Energy Services in a Jan. 21 statement. 

Representatives of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the project’s design engineering firm – MWH Americas, the project’s general contractor – Ames Construction and Missouri River Energy Services joined the IEPR Panel for the meeting and review.

The panel noted that “the quality of the work by the contractor and the control of the construction being maintained by MWH and the owner are commendable.” The panel also said that, after examining test sections of elements of the project, work could proceed on remaining elements following the means, methods, and procedures used in the test sections.

Work on the project began in August 2014 and is expected to be completed by early 2018. When complete, the Red Rock Hydroelectric Project will produce 36.4 MW. The hydro plant is being built at the existing Red Rock Dam along the Des Moines River. With a nameplate capacity of 36.4 MW, it will be the second largest hydroelectric plant in the state of Iowa. 

A project contact is: Joni Livingston, Missouri River Energy Services, phone 605-338-4042,

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