U.S. awards generator overhaul for 94.5-MW Flatiron

The Bureau of Reclamation awarded a $9.9 million contract to National Electric Coil to perform generator overhaul work at the 94.5-MW Flatiron hydropower plant west of Loveland.

National Electric Coil, Columbus, Ohio, will remove and replace windings and stator cores for two of the three generators at the power plant, part of the Colorado-Big Thompson project.

�Flatiron is an essential part of the overall Colorado-Big Thompson project for both water delivery and power generation,� BuRec Commissioner Robert Johnson said Sept. 9.

Flatiron began operations in 1954. Flatiron and the five other hydropower plants in the Colorado-Big Thompson project generate an average of 759 GWh annually, BuRec said. Colorado-Big Thompson also provides water to more than 725,000 people and 620,000 irrigated acres in northeastern Colorado.

BuRec previously awarded a $4 million contract to Koontz Electric Co. of Morrilton, Ark., to modify exciters and furnish and install new excitation systems at all six Colorado-Big Thompson plants. (HNN 12/30/05) That work is scheduled for completion this year.

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