BC Hydro names Alstom to upgrade 2,730-MW G.M. Shrum

BC Hydro has awarded a C$24.5 million (US$21.3 million) contract to Alstom to upgrade two generators at the utility’s ten-unit, 2,730-MW G.M. Shrum hydroelectric plant, on the Peace River near Revelstoke, British Columbia.

Alstom said it would increase the output of each of the generators by 34 percent, to 321 megavolt-amperes from 239 MVa, and improve machine reliability. The contract calls for the company to supply new stators and coolers. Alstom’s hydro unit in Tracy, Quebec, will be responsible for manufacturing, installation, and commissioning. The first unit is scheduled for delivery in August 2007 and the second for June 2008, the company said April 6.

BC Hydro previously announced it planned to improve three generators, to add 90 MW to project capacity. The project, which includes W.A.C. Bennett Dam, was commissioned in the 1960s.

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