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What Others Say
July 18, 2014
Over the past few years, the North Little Rock Electric Department has faced some major decisions regarding the Murray Hydro Plant. The decision began with a retrofit of an old mechanical seal system to be replaced with a new rope packing system. The next phase was major turbine repairs that were needed to carry the plant through the next fiscal year all followed by a major turbine overhaul. Having two of the largest horizontal, Kaplan turbines in the world always makes decisions a bit more difficult. It has been such a relief to have a company like Hyrdo Consulting and Maintenance Services (HCMS) that has the confidence and ability to handle such major projects for our department.
Throughout each of our major projects HCMS has provided an experienced, professional staff to walk us through the process and aid in making the best decisions for our faculty. As with any project, there are obstacles along way HCMS exceeded our expectations in handling these without any delays in the projects and overhauls completion dates. In essence, they are always willing to take on any task no matter the difficulty and their desire is to leave each unit in better than new condition when they are finished.
Sometimes with the age and size of our facility it is not always beneficial to go back to the OEM personnel in order to request help or replacements. HCMS has continually shown that ability to reverse engineer or even present more effective and efficient solutions to issues that arise in our facility. They have a desire and willingness to replace all components with like new or better material.
The North Little Rock Electric Department is confident that HCMS will provide the highest quality work and insight on any project at the Murray Hydro Plant.
-Jessica Stephens, System Mechanical Engineer
July 17, 2014
During the past several years we have experienced several failures at a couple of our Hydro Plants in Alabama Power Company. These failures range from complete unit tear downs/rebuilds, turbine realignments and general troubleshooting of hydro units within our system.
Hydro Consulting and Maintenance Services Inc. (HCMS) has provided us with an avenue of expertise with these issues. They have also been able to support our needs no matter what the issues; they have provided excellent customer service, safe work environment and worked with us as a partner.
HCMS has always displayed an attitude to complete the job right, finish in time, keep cost reasonable on these projects and display a strong safe work environment for all. HCMS has access to some of the best minds in the business and keeps a well trained staff on board at all times.
I would not hesitate to use HCMS on any job in our system and would recommend them to anyone in the Hydro Business.
-Len Simmons, Alabama Power Company
HCMS did an excellent job supporting the Mahoning Creek Hydroelectric Company (MCHC) in the construction of a new 6 MW hydroelectric installation in western Pennsylvania. The plant went commercial in December 2013. HCMS provided MCHC with a full time Site Representative during construction along with Technical Representative to direct the installation of the turbines and generators. The HCMS personnel performed professionally in their roles. Each of their representatives exhibited a high level of experience in the installation of hydroelectric equipment. I would highly recommend HCMS as a very experienced and professional company.
-Mark Garner, Managing Director, Hydropower