Small Hydrodevelopment: An Owners Perspective—El Vado, New Mexico Hydroelectric Project

by Dan Wegloski, Los Alamos Dep of Public Utilities, Los Alamos, NM, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Power '87


The construction of the El Vado Hydroelectric Project posed several unique problems. The joint ownership of the dam between a Federal and State agency was unique to the region. The proposal to remove 85 cubic yards of concrete utilizing divers also posed a unique construction challenge. The remoteness of the site was to prove a hardship for the construction personnel. This paper will detail one Owner's experiences with the construction of a small hydro project. It is the intent of this paper to point out to other potential Owners some of the hazards that were faced by the County during the licensing, design and construction of this small hydro project.

Subject Headings: Owners | Developing countries | Hydro power | Construction sites | Electric power | Joints | Federal government | Concrete | New Mexico | United States

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