Bellingham's Haskell Corp. lands major Alaska contract

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJune 16, 2013 

A longtime Bellingham construction company has won a major contract to build a portion of an electric power plant in Alaska.

Haskell Corp. was awarded a $102.8 million contract from the Matanuska Electric Association to build what's called the power block portion of the Eklutna Generation Station. That power block portion includes the structure that houses the engines and generators as well as some related infrastructure, according to a news release from the association.

Haskell plans on using a large group of major Alaska subcontractors, but about 20 Haskell employees will be involved in supervision of the project, said Evan Haskell, vice president and general manager of Haskell Corp. He said it's a project similar to the work they did on a generation station in Eureka, Calif.

The Alaska project is expected to take about 18 months.

Once completed, the Eklutna Generation Station will produce up to 170 megawatts of power for the electrical cooperative.

Haskell Corp. has been in business since 1890 and did its first Alaska project in 1949.

While Haskell continues to do a variety of industrial projects locally, it has done a significant amount of work in Alaska in recent years, Evan Haskell said.

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