The Cannelton Hydroelectric Project is the first of AMP’s four run-of-the-river hydro projects currently under construction to break ground, in 2009. The 88-MW Cannelton plant is located on the Ohio River near Hawesville, Kentucky.
The Cannelton Project will divert water from the existing Army Corps of Engineers Cannelton Dam through bulb turbines to generate an average gross annual output of about 458 million kilowatt-hours (kWh). The site will include an intake approach channel, a reinforced concrete powerhouse and a tailrace channel. The powerhouse will house three horizontal 28-MW bulb-type turbine and generating units with an estimated total rated capacity of 88 MW at a gross head of 25 feet.
Construction of the Cannelton plant will employ 200-400 workers at the peak of construction. Once online, the plant will create up to 9 permanent positions. Kiewit Traylor Constructors completed the excavation and cofferdam construction in 2010 and powerhouse construction began in 2011 with Walsh Construction Company as contractor. Walsh has completed the concrete work on the powerhouse and is now working on the interior portions of the plant including but not limited to equipment erection and mechanical and electrical systems.