The Ruedi Project—A Case Study

by Mark W. Fuller, Joint City of Aspen-Pitkin County, Hydropower Dep, Aspen, CO, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Waterpower '85


Ruedi Dam is a 285' high earthfill structure constructed in 1968 by the Bureau of Reclamation as part of the Fryingpan-Arkansas Transmountain Diversion Project. In November of 1983 General Electric was awarded a 2. 9 million-dollar lump-sum contract for design and construction of a 5-megawatt facility utilizing a single impulse turbine interconnected through a wye to the penstock of the existing outlet works. The Ruedi Project is the first hydropower retrofit, of a Bureau of Reclamation Dam in the Lower Missouri Region by a non-federal entity. The City and County have entered into 16 separate Permits, Licenses, Agreements, Contracts or Understandings with various public and private entities and several more remain to be finalized as of June of 1985. Despite this, the path from inception to completion was a fairly smooth one in which the bureaucratic hurdles have been higher than the technical ones.

Subject Headings: Case studies | Hydro power | Power plants | Project management | Bureau of Reclamation | Contracts | Construction management | Building design | Missouri | United States

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