The Corps of Engineers has awarded a $52,000 contract for a generator uprate study at 30-MW Hills Creek, on the Middle Fork of the Willamette River in Oregon.
The contractor — Lehoczky/Vanguard Joint Venture of Bradenton, Fla. — will investigate features, characteristics, and limitations of the project’s two existing generators, and produce a technical report on the maximum continuous rating of the generators.
Inspections and tests will assess the suitability of each generator for uprated operation at Hills Creek, which began operation in 1962. The contractor also will collect data and analyze unit components to identify additional modifications that might be needed for uprates.
The contract is to be completed by Aug. 18.