U.S. awards equipment contract for 250-MW Yellowtail

The Bureau of Reclamation awarded a $1.7 million contract to Eaton Corp. for generator circuit breaker replacement at the 250-MW Yellowtail Dam hydroelectric project in south-central Montana.

The contract, announced Feb. 6, calls for Eaton to remove the original 1960-era circuit breakers and install four new breakers. BuRec anticipates it will take six months for the new breakers to be manufactured and about nine months of on-site work.

The four-unit hydropower plant, on the Big Horn River about 45 miles southwest of Hardin, Mont., began service in August 1966. (HNN 5/16/08) It is one of five hydropower plants in the Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin Project.

�Yellowtail Power Plant is an essential part of the overall Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin Project for both water delivery and power generation,� BuRec Great Plains Regional Director Mike Ryan said. �These upgrades will help ensure our facilities remain safe and reliable well into the future.�

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