NYPA signs off on upgrade to Niagara Power Project

The New York Power Authority announced the approval of $16 million in projects to upgrade the NYPA’s Niagara Power Project hydropower plant.

The nine-year contract will support a multi-phase refurbishment of the Niagara plant’s head gates and stop log rails. These are large underwater mechanical structures connected with reach of the plant’s 13 turbine generating units.

 “While the Power Authority works to become the first fully digital utility in the country, the maintenance and management of our existing plants continues apace,” said Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and CEO. “We are committed to the careful, collaborative work of upgrading and maintaining all of NYPA’s assets so that they can operate at maximum efficiency for decades to come.”

The head gates and stop log rails isolate the turbine chambers in the 2,675-MW facility, creating a dry environment for periodic turbine generator overhauls and other maintenance work.

The NYPA Board of Trustees authorized the contract awards to BVR Construction of Churchville, New York. Under the BVR contract, the scope of work involves the removal and refurbishment of the rails and associated parts, cleaning and recoating of the exposed steel surfaces and concrete repairs as necessary.

Working around planned maintenance outages, the work is expected to continue through 2027 and cost a total of $21.8 million.

The Niagara Power Plant in Lewiston, New York, became operational in 1961. NYPA operates 16 generating facilities, with 70 percent of the electricity produced generated by hydropower.

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