The Bureau of Reclamation awarded a $322,820 contract under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to Suppression Systems, Inc. to replace the New Melones hydro plant’s fire suppression systems.
The company, based in Tacoma, Wash., will replace the outdated fire suppression systems in the oil storage room and the oil purifier room at the 300-MW hydropower project, the Bureau of Reclamation reported.
The work includes removing the existing system components; designing, furnishing, and installing new electrical and fire protection systems along with automatic fire detection, fire dampers and associated ductwork; and interfacing and providing power for a new fire suppression release panel.
The hydro project, located in Calaveras County, California, is part of the Central Valley Project and is situated downstream from the New Melones Dam on the Stanislaus River.
"The ARRA funds will provide the New Melones hydroelectric plant with needed upgrades to ensure the safety of the staff. Complying with current health and safety standards will ensure Reclamation's mission for the continued safety of its workforce while providing the power that California depends upon," said Reclamation Commissioner Michael Connor.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act passed earlier this year gave $3 billion to the Department of the Interior.
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