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Toba Montrose project in BC begins generating power

Plutonic Power Corp. and GE Energy Financial Services said their Toba Montrose General Partnership (TMGP) is selling electricity from the East Toba River and Montrose Creek project under an Electricity Purchase Agreement (EPA) with BC Hydro.

TMGP received confirmation from BC Hydro that the hydro project has met its guaranteed commercial operations date commitment under the agreement. Both facilities are now operating at full capacity while their commissioning continues.

Plutonic said the Toba Montrose Project will deliver 726,000 megawatt-hours per year.

The operation of the facilities comes at the end of a three-year construction program and is the first operational clean power project in Canada for Plutonic and GE Energy Financial Services.

"For Plutonic Power, the achievement of commercial operations and sale of electricity from the two Toba Valley facilities marks a significant transformational milestone," said Donald McInnes, vice chair and chief executive officer of Plutonic Power.

The two facilities remain under the control of contractor Peter Kiewit Sons Co., which constructed the project under a fixed price construction contract. The project will sell all of the power generated from the two facilities to BC Hydro under the 35-year EPA. Substantial completion and handover of the facilities to TMGP is expected by the end of the third quarter after further operator training, testing and other commissioning activities.

Alstom to supply equipment to Lower Mattagami complex

Alstom has signed a C$110 million contract with Kiewit Alarie Partnership to supply three turbine generator sets to Ontario Power Generation's (OPG) Lower Mattagami hydro project in northern Ontario.

Under the contract, Alstom will supply three hydro turbine generator sets at the new Smoky Falls Generating Station, which will replace the existing station. When installed, the new turbine generators will have a combined capacity of 267 MW. Smoky Falls Generating Station is one of four stations to be redeveloped as part of OPG's C$2.6 billion Lower Mattagami Project.

In total, the Lower Mattagami project will produce approximately 440 MW of new power, bringing the hydro complex's total capacity to about 924 MW, OPG reported.

Alstom will design and supply new generating units, including propeller turbines, vertical generators, static excitation systems, speed governor systems and protection and control systems. The turbine runners and generator bars will be manufactured at Alstom's facility in Quebec.

Upper Clowhom project features Pelton turbine from Mavel

Mavel, a.s. said the commissioning of the 11.3-MW Upper Clowhom Hydroelectric Power Plant, for which Mavel provided a turbine and other equipment, was successfully completed.

The new plant, on the Clowhom River in British Columbia, Canada, utilizes one Mavel vertical Pelton turbine with inside runner diameter of 1,700 mm. MavelĀ“s scope also included a synchronous generator, valves, and site advisory services for installation, commissioning and testing.

The Upper Clowhom plant is one of a two-plant development - Upper Clowhom HPP and Lower Clowhom HPP - owned by Hydromax Energy Ltd., a division of ENMAX Corp. Mavel provided equipment only for the Upper Clowhom HPP, just below Phantom Lake.

Rostislav Pospisil, Mavel regional sales director for the Americas, said: "The successful commissioning of Mavel equipment at Upper Clowhom is the first Pelton installation for Mavel in North America and has provided our engineering and installation teams with valuable experience for future projects."

Norcan Hydraulic Turbine wins contract for Madawaska project

Norcan Hydraulic Turbine Inc., in partnership with Zhejiang Jinlun Electromechanic Co. Ltd., received a 4.2 MW water-to-wire supply contract by Edmundston Energy for the Madawaska Hydrodam Modernization project in Emundston.

The turbine design will be provided by Norcan, and the equipment will be manufactured by Zhejiang Jinlun. Norcan has also been contracted to install and commission the generating equipment, to be completed in 2011.

Engineering and construction management on the project for Edmundston Energy is by Hatch.


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