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First piece of equipment goes in at the Red Rock Hydroelectric Project

First piece of equipment goes in at the Red Rock Hydroelectric Project

Dec 29

For almost a year and a half, construction work at the Red Rock Hydroelectric Project (RRHP) consisted of “deconstruction” or site preparation work. Temporary coffer dams and a dike were installed to allow work on dry ground, concrete retaining walls were poured, and more than 200,000 cubic yards of dirt and bedrock were excavated; all to prepare for the construction of a power house and water intake structure.

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Heller calls for streamlined permitting for hydro projects

Aug 17

MRES CEO Tom Heller participated in a panel discussion May 6 during a U.S. Department of Energy Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) in Des Moines.

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Corps of Engineers officers visit Red Rock Hydroelectric Project

Corps of Engineers officers visit Red Rock Hydroelectric Project

Apr 01

Mississippi Valley Division Commander Major General Michael Wehr, Rock Island District Commander Colonel Craig Baumgartner, and others from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers attended a presentation Tuesday concerning the development and progress at the Red Rock Hydroelectric Project.

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MRES awarded for worker safety at Red Rock Hydroelectric Project

MRES awarded for worker safety at Red Rock Hydroelectric Project

Mar 17

Missouri River Energy Services (MRES) earned a safety award from Liberty Mutual Insurance for outstanding safety during the ongoing construction of the Red Rock Hydroelectric Project near Pella, Iowa.

Liberty Mutual awards its Silver Safety Award to companies for projects that have an incident rate at least 60 percent better than the industry average. MRES is building the project at the existing Red Rock Dam on the Des Moines River. Ames Construction is the general contractor and on Tuesday, MRES provided lunch for all of the construction workers.

MRES CEO Tom Heller, in accepting the award during a luncheon for the construction workers sponsored by MRES, thanked the workers for their commitment and dedication to be safe on the job. “There are many worksite challenges in a project of this magnitude,” Heller said. “Without a strong focus on safety, there could be a lot of potential for accidents. At MRES and at Ames Construction, our first concern is to protect you and the public.”

When complete in 2018, the project will provide enough clean, reliable, renewable hydroelectric energy to meet the needs of about 18,000 homes.

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Work to begin next week on Red Rock project transmission line

Dec 31

Crews will begin working next week to clear foliage in preparation for construction of an electric transmission line that will run about 4.5 miles from the Red Rock Hydroelectric Project to the Pella West Substation. The line is necessary to get power from the hydroelectric plant, which is under construction at the Red Rock Dam, to a point where it can be distributed.

The transmission line will run along Highway T15 northward until it reaches G-28 and then will run eastward along Fifield Road to West 11th Street in Pella where it will run northward to the substation.

The entire 69-kilovolt line will be in the public right-of-way, except where overhang or pole placement easements have been obtained from land owners, and will include single-pole structures with no guy wires.

Missouri River Energy Services, which is building the Red Rock Hydroelectric Project, plans to have the transmission portion of the project completed by spring 2016. The hydroelectric plant itself is expected to be completed and operational by spring 2018.

When it is completed, the plant will be capable of providing enough clean, renewable hydroelectricity to supply the electrical needs of about 18,000 homes.

Missouri River Energy Services is an organization of 60 member municipalities, including Pella, in the states of Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Each member owns and operates a local electric distribution utility.

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