Mid-Atlantic Hydro pursues permit for 3-MW project in Kansas

Mid-Atlantic Hydro LLC applied April 20 at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a preliminary permit on a 3-MW hydro project in Kansas, located on the Republican River.

The project would utilize the existing Milford Dam, which is located at river mile 8.3, approximately 5 miles northwest of Junction City, Kansas. The dam is a rolled earth fill embankment dam and is approximately 6,300 feet long and with a maximum height above the streambed of 140 feet. Milford Dam is owned and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Construction of the dam was completed in 1967.

Mid-Atlantic proposes to develop the site as a 3-MW capacity project. A new powerhouse will be constructed downstream of the existing dam adjacent to the south abutment. The powerhouse will be constructed of concrete and will be approximately 50-feet long by 50-feet wide by 30-feet high. The powerhouse will contain two 1.5-MW Francis turbine generating units, controls equipment and required ancillary systems.

A new 4,440-foot-long, 12.7-kV transmission line will be constructed and will extend from the powerhouse north to a DS&O Rural Electric Cooperative distribution line near the Milford Fish Hatchery.

This preliminary permit, if issued, would cover three years of project feasbility work by the developer, with no possibility of a competing permit application being granted during that time.

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