New York Power Authority trustees have approved a nearly $1.6 million contract to Ferguson Electric of Buffalo to assist in the Life Extension and Modernization program at the Niagara Power Project's Lewiston Pump-Generating Plant.
The 10-year program is to refurbish and modernize the facility, enhance the pumped-storage project's performance and extend its working life.
Under the new contract, the scope of work includes design, manufacture, delivery and installation of equipment and related components to carry very large currents.
In June 2010, NYPA trustees approved a $460 million investment for the program, which will include major upgrades to all 12 pump turbines and replacement of generator step-up transformers. These date back to 1961 when the Niagara project went into service.
Upgrades of the pump turbine units will begin in December.