Cumberland River Basin Hydroelectric Life Extension & Upgrades Assessment

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MWH provided a wide range of program management services to establish maintenance needs and develop opportunities for nine hydroelectric power plants operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) in the Cumberland River Basin of Kentucky and Tennessee.

    Location: Cumberland River, Kentucky, United States
    Region: Americas
    Service Offering: Engineering & Design
    Market Sector: Energy & Power
    Client Type: National Government
    Status: Complete

    The project was divided into two phases. Phase 1 involved MWH engineers visiting the nine plants to gather historical information and to assess the condition of plant and unit electromechanical systems and power train equipment. A list of capital and O&M investment needs and opportunities aimed at extending the life and increasing the value of the projects was created and prioritized into work orders, including Class 5 (concept screening) cost estimates and the expected benefits of the investment.

    Phase II was the development of an investment/implementation strategy that was consistent with members’ power purchase agreements and funding arrangements, met overarching priorities developed in Phase I and was acceptable to USACE. To accomplish the goals and objectives of the second phase, the work was divided into three main tasks.

    1. Needs Evaluation and Ranking
    2. Opportunities Evaluation and Ranking
    3. Implementation Plan

    Completed in early 2008, these nine plants consist of 28 generators with an aggregate generating capacity of more than 914 MW that produce about $44 million in revenue a year for the U.S. Treasury Department. The power from these plants is sold at cost through negotiated power sales and operating agreements with Tennessee Valley Authority and Southeastern Power Administration.

    • Program management
    • Schematic designs
    • Planning
    • Programming
    • Site investigations
    • Asset management
    • Studies
    • Operating modeling
    • Civil, mechanical and electrical engineering
    • Cost estimating
    • MWH executed the project on budget and ahead of schedule.
    • A comprehensive 15-year investment strategy that will extend the life of the projects.
    • A road map to increase revenue and reduce O&M costs.
    • A decision making model acceptable to all stakeholders.
    • A basis for future funding from non-federal power purchasers through power sales rate agreements and project-specific capital funding arrangements.

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