Alaska Marine Lines Supports New Hydropower Facility Project

By Karen Robes Meeks

Alaska Marine Lines is doing some heavy lifting on the new hydropower facility in Kake, Alaska.

The company is moving penstock pipe and other materials for local electrical utility Inside Passage Electric Cooperative (IPEC), which is constructing the plant at an old hatchery.

The $10 million project – which is expected to be finished this year – will allow the community to switch from diesel and generators to a cleaner, less expensive power source that could also mean an annual reduction of 2 million pounds of CO2, according to Lynden.

“We started working on the project in 2018 with contractor Rock N Road,” Arrowhead Transfer Operations Manager Adam Davis told Lynden. “We’ve already handled 60 loads of concrete and aggregate weighing between 20,000 to 66,000 pounds each to build pillars, thrust block and other features.”

By Sarah Spangler