Hydroelectric plant to get overhaul

An overhaul project is being planned for the Sturgis hydroelectric plant near Centreville.

Sturgis City Commission members earlier this month approved a bid from Thompson/Hydro Consulting and Maintenance Services for overhauling hydro-generating units 3 and 4 at the plant. The bid was for nearly $980,000.

Commissioners also approved a bid waiver for and the proposal of Hydro Partners for project management services at a cost of $23,100; and approved a contingency budget for the hydro overhaul project for $130,000.

In 2020, Hydro Consulting and Maintenance Services was contracted by the city to perform an overall review of the hydroelectric plant operation. Its purpose was to evaluate the condition of equipment, current repair/maintenance practices; identify and document current risks; and recommend actions the city should take to reduce such risks.

Following the review, it was recommended the two hydro-generating units be overhauled.

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