Final phase of Blenheim-Gilboa rehab project begins

New York Power Authority said it has entered the fourth and final phase of a four-year, $135 million program to modernize and extend the life of the Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped-Storage project.

The 1,160-MW project in the Northern Catskill Mountains of New York began generating power in 1973.

Three of the project’s four pump-generating units have been refurbished and returned to service. The fourth unit has been shut down for refurbishment and is expected to resume service in June 2010, NYPA said.

The project’s third unit was returned to service May 30, 2009. (HydroWorld 6/18/09)

“We are pleased with the results of the previous three phases,” said Richard Kessel, NYPA president and chief executive officer. “We are confident that our work over the past three years will allow the Power Authority to meet peak power demand with clean, efficient, and reliable hydropower for years to come.”

NYPA said the overhauls would allow the facility to produce more power from the same amount of water while extending reliable service.

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