Transformers, other equipment supplied for Canada’s Revelstoke hydro project

Three large generator transformers have successfully been delivered to BC Hydro’s Revelstoke Generating Station, one of several oversized deliveries for the Revelstoke Unit 5 project that also included transport of the thrust bracket and turbine shaft.

The delivery is part of a project to provide approximately 500 MW of additional dependable capacity to the Revelstoke hydro project through the installation of a new turbine. This will bring the facility’s overall capacity to 2,480 MW.

In 2009, a 188-ton turbine ordered by BC Hydro completed its 7,450-mile trek from Brazil to Revelstoke Dam. (HydroWorld9/8/09)

Now that all of the main components have been delivered, project contractors will complete the assembly of the generating unit, transformers and other electrical equipment. Once the assembly is complete, BC Hydro will start a test phase of the generating unit and related equipment.

The three transformers, each weighing 108 tons, were manufactured in Varrenes, Quebec, and transported by train to Revelstoke. Once in place, the transformers will transfer the additional energy supplied by the fifth generating unit currently being installed.

The target in-service date for the project is October, 2010.

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