Installation Contractor Says MMPA Wind Turbine Operational Problems Unrelated to Its Work

Jan 29, 2010, 20:08 ET from Henkels & McCoy

MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Henkels & McCoy, Inc. (H & M),  the contractor hired by the Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (MMPA) to install 12 refurbished wind turbines, has been unfairly characterized as being responsible for the delayed start-up of the project, H&M  stated today.

H&M, based in Pennsylvania with a local office in Lakeville, Dakota County, says, "We are in complete compliance with our contractual obligations to the MMPA Hometown WindPower project." The company, which has extensive experience in power utilities contracting across the U.S., disputes some public statements implying that H&M is at fault for the delay.  "We've properly done our job as contracted and want nothing more than to see the turbines fully operational and providing much-anticipated green energy to the thousands of homes and businesses in the 11 communities served by the MMPA," adds H&M.

H & M was hired by MMPA to install the refurbished wind turbines that MMPA purchased from a California supplier.  Based on the installation contract, H & M had no role or responsibility in deciding on the turbine selection, design or specifications, or installation locations.  The turbines had previously been in service in California for several years, and H&M was not consulted regarding operational suitability, including climate compatibility.

H & M has told project officials repeatedly that it has done everything it was required to do by its contract with MMPA. All of H & M's work, as contracted, was tested and successfully verified by MMPA's third-party testing agency.

H & M, an independently owned and operated family business for more than 86 years, stands by its work.  The company has offered to assist MMPA to resolve any operational issues with the turbines; however, it believes the turbine vendor, among others with project involvement, must be included in any corrective-action plan.

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Henkels & McCoy, founded in 1923 by John B. Henkels, Jr., is one of the largest privately held engineering, project management, construction, and training firms providing critical infrastructure for the electric power, communications, natural gas and pipeline, and water industries.  H&M consistently ranks in the top tier of the Engineering News-Record list of Specialty Contractors. For more information, visit

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