The Bureau of Reclamation announced March 20 it awarded a $6 million contract to furnish and install three new transformers and other equipment at Grand Coulee Dam Right Power Plant, part of the 6,809-MW Grand Coulee hydroelectric project.
The contractor, Koontz Electric Co. Inc., Morrilton, Ark., also is to will remove two in-service General Electric transformers and prepare them for storage as spares, BuRec said. Other related equipment also is to be removed and disposed of, including one failed transformer.
Work is expected to be completed by February 2011. The Right Power Plant houses nine generators that began producing electricity in 1950. Power plants at Grand Coulee Dam generate about 20,000 gigawatt-hours in an average water year, BuRec said.
Other work is planned for power plants at Grand Coulee Dam, on the Columbia River in north-central Washington. BuRec recently awarded a $2 million contract to MWH Americas Inc. for work associated with a proposed overhaul of six units in the project’s Third Power Plant. (HNN 3/3/09)