Rocky Mountain Project—Overview

by D. R. Murphy, Oglethorpe Power Corp, Tucker, United States,
W. J. Bogdovitz, Oglethorpe Power Corp, Tucker, United States,
N. M. Hernandez, Oglethorpe Power Corp, Tucker, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Waterpower '91: A New View of Hydro Resources


The Rocky Mountain Project, in Northwest Georgia, will be a three unit hydroelectric pumped-storage project with 850,000 kW installed in an above ground powerhouse. The gross water volumes in the lower reservoir, auxiliary pools and upper reservoir are respectively 18,800, 7,100 and 10,400 acre feet. The construction of the project began in October, 1978. The first stage powerstation excavation, penstocks, tunnel, and upper reservoir intake structure were completed by December 1984 when work was suspended. After a transfer of ownership of the project and under the direction of the principal owner, Oglethorpe Power Corporation, project design began in January 1989 and construction was reinitiated in July 1989. Scheduled completion for full plant commercial operation is May 1995. This paper presents an overview of the Rocky Mountain Project history, description of project features, evaluation of constructed features and initial design, engineering studies and field investigations undertaken, the Owner's perspective on project management, and the contracting plan for construction and equipment procurement.

Subject Headings: Field tests | Mountains | Suspended structures | Construction equipment | Hydro power | Power plants | Project management | Construction management | Rocky Mountains | Georgia | United States

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