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U.S. awards contract for crane modifications at Grand Coulee Dam

The Bureau of Reclamation has awarded an $11 million contract to modify and upgrade six cranes at the Third Power Plant at Grand Coulee Dam.

Grand Coulee Dam is located on the Columbia River about 90 miles west of Spokane, Wash.

The contract was awarded to Dix Corporation, Spokane, Wash., USBR reported.

The work consists of modifying two gantry cranes on top of the dam and three bridge cranes and one gantry crane inside the Third Power Plant. The work includes removal of existing operator's controls, removal of all electrical equipment and wiring and design, fabrication, factory/field testing, furnishing and installing digital variable-frequency drive (VFD) control systems.

Work is expected to start April 12, 2011, and be completed around Nov.30, 2012.

The Bureau of Reclamation recently awarded New Mexico-based Gardner Zemke Company a $12.3 million contract to replace 15 transformers in the Left and Right power plants of the 6,809-MW Grand Coulee hydroelectric project.

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