Team of Burke Electric, CF Malm Engineers and ORENCO Hydropower Wins Turbine & Generator Equipment Supply Bid on Whitman Lake Hydro Project for Ketchikan Public Utilities

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The team of Burke Electric, CF Malm Engineers and ORENCO Hydropower has won the bid to supply turbine and generator equipment for Ketchikan Public Utilities at the Whitman Lake Hydroelectric Project in Ketchikan, Alaska. The Notice to Proceed was awarded in July, followed by an initial payment in late August. The winning $2.8 million bid for a turbine-generator package includes a 3720 kW horizontal Francis turbine, a 816kW horizontal Francis turbine and associated generators, switchgear and electrical controls.

Burke Electric LLC has announced that its team has won the bid to supply turbine and generator equipment to Alaska’s Whitman Lake Hydroelectric Project. Ketchikan Public Utilities of Ketchikan, Alaska, awarded the Notice to Proceed in July 2012, followed by the initial payment in late August. The winning bid of approximately $2.8 million was submitted by the team comprised of Burke Electric LLC of Bellevue, Washington; ORENCO Hydropower of Palo Alto, California; and CF Malm Engineers LLC of Seattle, Washington.

The Whitman Lake Hydroelectric Project includes a turbine-generator package that features a 3720 kW horizontal Francis turbine, an 816 kW horizontal Francis turbine, associated synchronous generators, exciters, switchgear, electrical control systems and spare parts. The project also includes integration, design, materials and services necessary to complete the equipment manufacture and supply contract; including installation supervision, testing, start-up and commissioning.

According to Mark Matousek, Vice Chairman of ORENCO Hydropower, its U.S./Chinese team is pleased to provide a compliant bid that delivers significant value by bringing attractive technology and low-cost energy to Ketchikan Public Utilities and its customers. “We are very pleased to provide a strong bid to Ketchikan Public Utilities, which is due in large part to the successful partnership with Burke Electric and CF Malm Engineers,” said Mr. Matousek. “In addition, our access and long-time relationships with different equipment suppliers allow us to match the specific needs of the Whitman Lake project with the best provider. ORENCO has worked successfully in the past with the equipment manufacturer HEEW. We look forward to this collaboration on behalf of Ketchikan Public Utilities.”

On the Whitman Lake project, team roles are as follows:

  • Burke Electric serves as the prime contractor. Burke Electric has been involved in industrial, hydroelectric, commercial and power generation construction since the late 1950s. Today they pursue this tradition by working on construction and construction management projects throughout the U.S.
  • CF Malm Engineers provides switchgear and electric controls, and serves as project manager and co-system integrator. In business for over 40 years, the company is recognized as experts in the design and manufacturing of switchgear and electric controls for small hydro systems in the Western U.S., having designed and implemented over 100 small hydro projects.
  • ORENCO Hydropower serves as the turbine and generator supplier. The company will design and coordinate manufacturing of the equipment, to be supplied by Hangzhou Hangfa Electrical Equipment Co., Ltd. of Hangzhou, China. The firm was established in 1956 as Hangzhou Hangfa Electrical Equipment Works (HEEW). HEEW is a leading manufacturer of technically advanced, small-to-medium hydroelectric systems with superior efficiency with advanced system design and manufacturing capabilities.

Located in Bellevue, Washington, Burke Electric LLC was established in 1958. Since then, the company has been involved with hydroelectric, powerhouses, utility distribution, transmission line, switchyard and substation construction, office and retail complexes, water treatment plants and wastewater treatment plants. Burke Electric has worked on all of the dams of the Columbia River and for many utilities through the Northwest. Today Burke Electric is recognized as a U.S. leader in the timely and satisfactory completion of electrical work on major power plant installation, high- and mid-rise office buildings, underground utilities, commercial renovation and related projects.

CF Malm Engineers LLC is a professional consulting engineer and system integrator founded in 1985.    Mr. Malm, Principal of CFME, has managed hydropower and water-related projects for 40 years. He has supervised electrical design and controls for 100 hydropower plants, most of them automated, ranging from 6 MW to 2,160 MW. Small hydropower experience includes 25 projects in 10 states. Water related projects include fish facilities, water treatment and water management. CFME’s broad range of capabilities offers a repertoire of proven solutions that can be applied to various problems, always keeping in mind the economic value to the owner.

ORENCO Hydropower, Inc. develops small hydropower generation assets at existing dams and waterways that are low-cost and low-impact. The company assembles and manages a portfolio of hydro projects; and provides engineering, equipment procurement and financing for ongoing projects. Products and services include end-to end development of 1 MW to 50 MW hydropower projects; resale and integration of reliable Chinese turbines and generators to other hydro developers – at significant cost advantages; and partnering with small hydro developers to provide project financing and support.

Founded in 2010, ORENCO Hydropower brings together experts in hydro asset design and development, power markets, licensing and business strategy. In addition, key venture partners provide project financing. Based in Palo Alto, California, ORENCO Hydropower builds upon the expertise, experience and international business relationships of ORENCO, Inc., begun in 1979.

For more information, please contact ORENCO Hydropower by telephone at 650-475-4403, by email at info(at)orencohydro(dot)com or online at

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