BC Hydro names ABB to supply rehab equipment to 2,730-MW G.M. Shrum

BC Hydro has awarded a contract to ABB to supply station service equipment for rehabilitation of the 2,730-MW G.M. Shrum hydroelectric project on British Columbia’s Peace River.

The C$18 million (US$14 million) contract calls for ABB to supply medium-voltage and low-voltage switchgear, dry-type transformers, cables, and other equipment to the project, at Hudson’s Hope, B.C. BC Hydro solicited bids for the work last year. (HNN 10/10/08)

ABB also is to conduct system studies and provide complete engineering, installation, and commissioning services. It said March 4 that the work is to be carried out in three stages, with the first to be completed by August and the others in 2010 and 2011.

�Among our greatest challenges with this contract was to develop effective ways of upgrading BC Hydro’s system without interrupting operations at its plant,� Vice President Greg Farthing of ABB’s Power Projects &Systems.

Farthing said the contractor also has to complete the work on schedule, safely, and with respect for the environment.

BC Hydro took bids in November for upgrade of five turbines at Shrum. (HNN 11/20/08)

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