Minnesota Power to commence partial operations at 72MW hydro project

US-based utility company Minnesota Power is set to commence operations partially at its 72MW hydroelectric project located on the lower St. Louis River by the end of 2013.

The Thomson Hydro Station is expected to be fully restored by 2014. Minnesota Power is currently repairing the project that has been out of service since 20 June 2012 due to flooding. It has invested a total of $60m, which includes $25m towards forebay repairs and $35m to safeguard the facility from future flooding alongside its maintenance and rehabilitation charges.

The company is looking to propose the MPUC for cost recovery of capital expenditures invested for the restoration and repair of the Thomson facility and other related St. Louis River hydro system projects.

Minnesota Power COO Brad Oachs stated: “Investing in repairs and other improvements to strengthen the system against future flood events will position Thomson as a reliable and cost effective emission free resource for the next 100 years.”

The developer is working in association with the Minnesota Department of Transportation, Carlton County, Jay Cooke State Park and local elected officials to narrow down effects of construction community.