Chief Joseph hydro project in Washington to receive first of new turbine equipment

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is preparing to install new turbine equipment to boost efficiency and power generation at the 2,457.3-MW Chief Joseph Dam in Washington.

The first new equipment to be installed is a 45-ton runner built by Alstom Hydro in Quebec. It is the first of 10 that will be put in the dam by 2014 at a cost of $120 million, media reports indicate. Recently, Alstom Hydro signed a contract with provincial Canadian utility Hydro-Quebec to supply equipment for the La Romaine 2 hydropower project in Quebec.

At the Chief Joseph project, new runners and other improvements will increase power generation by more than 40 megawatts, reports indicate. That is enough to power more than 30,000 additional Northwest homes, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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