New Martinsville Hydroelectric Project

by J. A. Langbein,
R. K. Patel,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Power '87


The 34MW New Martinsville Hydroelectric Project is presently under construction in West Virginia. Located at Hannibal Locks and Dam near river mile 126 downstream from Pittsburgh, PA, it will be the third hydroelectric facility to be built at an existing navigation structure on the Ohio River in recent years. The project is owned jointly by the City of New Martinsville and Catalyst Energy Development Corporation of New York. Construction is being undertaken by Bechtel National, Inc. under the terms of a 61-million fixed price guaranteed performance contract. Two bulb turbines will use the twenty-one feet of head between the Hannibal pool and the Willow Island pool, immediately downstream. The power plant is a run of the river type that will take river flow for power generation whenever it exceeds the flow requirements needed for lockage and leakage at the site. Average annual energy production is estimated to be 219 GWh and will be purchased by Monogahela Power Company.

Subject Headings: Hydro power | Project management | Power plants | Rivers and streams | Turbines | River flow | Reinforced concrete | Construction management | West Virginia | United States | Ohio River | Pittsburgh | Pennsylvania | New York

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