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U.S. awards contract for penstock recoating at Flatiron hydro project

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has awarded Minnesota-based Abhe & Svoboda, Inc., a US$12.2 million contract to replace the protective coating on two penstocks at its 94.5-MW Flatiron hydroelectric project in Colorado.

The Bureau of Reclamation announced in May 2009 that it would use funds from an economic stimulus bill passed earlier that year to finance the work.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 included $1 billion to Reclamation to invest in U.S. water infrastructure projects. Those projects include Flatiron, part of the Colorado-Big Thompson project.

The Flatiron penstocks, in service since 1954, drop water 1,064 feet through a mile of pipeline to the hydro plant, located northwest of Denver.

The coating on the inside and outside of the penstocks will be replaced, and all lead-based paint will be removed and disposed of. Ultrasonic flowmeters will be installed on the penstocks to improve accounting for water and power plant efficiency.

Abhe & Svoboda, Inc., is a full-service restoration contractor. In addition to offering industrial coatings services, the firm also offers a variety of related construction services, such as concrete repair and steel repair and replacement.

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