New Martinsville Hydroelectric Project

by Thomas R. Draeger, Bechtel Civil, Inc, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Waterpower '89


The New Martinsville Hydroelectric Project consists of a dual bulb unit, 34 MW powerhouse constructed at an existing lock and dam navigation facility. The project was completed on budget and ahead of schedule, and operates at over its rated capacity. During construction, the site was protected by a cofferdam, which was very tight and required only minimal maintenance pumping. Because of the limited availability for reuse and the rather unique shape of the concrete forms, they were constructed on the site. The turbine and generator units were assembled in major pieces in Japan and floated to the site; downstream gates were also shipped in pieces and assembled onsite. A special labor agreement negotiated by the contractor's labor relations department expedited the work in an efficient manner.

Subject Headings: Construction sites | Hydro power | Locks (dam) | Labor | Power plants | Navigation (waterway) | Construction equipment | Construction management | Japan | Asia

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