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HMI to supply materials for G.M. Shrum project

Ontario-based HMI Wearing and Bearing Products was awarded a contract to supply all greaseless wearing and bearing materials required for the refurbishment of units 1-5 at BC Hydro’s Gordon M. Shrum project.

HMI is a distributor, manufacturer and manufacturers agent of environmentally-friendly, wearing, bearing and sealing products for hydro turbine and hydro gate refurbishments and new builds.

The contract, awarded by Voith Hydro, consists of the supply of all wicket gate, link and servo bushings, as well as all operating ring wear pads, wicket gate thrust washers and counter thrust segments. Last year, B.C. Hydro awarded a contract to Voith Hydro for the complete overhaul of five Francis turbine units for the G. M. Shrum hydropower plant near Hudson’s Hope, British Columbia.

The suitability of HMI’s greaseless bearing materials for the BCH project was determined through inspection visits to the CIP manufacturing facility, by supplier quality management personnel and from Voith and BC Hydro, HMI said.

Voith Hydro’s scope of supply includes five new 310-MW turbines, site construction, installation and start-up. The first unit is scheduled for commissioning in 2012. Each year, one unit will be replaced until all five units are in service in early 2017.

Plan Nord project to include hydro development

The government of Quebec launched a multi-billion-dollar plan that would open the northern reaches of the province to mining and energy development, including hydropower development.

Through “Plan Nord,” Quebec intends to attract investments of C$47 billion over the next 25 years for the development of renewable energy as part of a project to boost economic development in the northern territories.

Plan Nord would open what is largely an untouched region to mining development to take advantage of its economic potential. The plan includes investments of C$33 billion in mining and transport infrastructure and the development of 3,500 MW of renewable energy.

Under the plan, an estimated 2,000 MW of hydropower resources would be developed.

The environmental aspects of the plan include the promise to set aside 600,000 square kilometers of the region to protect the environment and preserve biodiversity.

Plan Nord covers a 1.2-million-square-kilometer region.

The plan sets aside C$2.1 billion with instructions to establish an investment fund that could potentially reach C$80 billion.

The proposed project includes strict regulations for industrial activity in what is otherwise a wilderness area home to about 120,000 people.

BC Hydro awards contract for generating unit installation

BC Hydro awarded Peter Kiewit Infrastructure Co. a $40 million contract for civil work needed to install the fifth and sixth generating units at the Mica hydropower project in British Columbia, Canada.

The contract includes the supply and placement of reinforced concrete needed to house the turbine parts and for other purposes related to the installation of the additional generating units, BC Hydro reported.

The Mica hydro station is on the Columbia River, about 135 kilometers north of the city of Revelstoke. Mica currently operates with four generating units contained in an underground powerhouse that deliver a total output of 1,805 MW.

The station was designed to hold six generating units, but only four were installed when the facility was constructed in 1977. The $700 to $800 million Mica Units 5 and 6 project will install the two remaining generating units and add another 1,000 MW of power generation capacity.

The project has an in-service date of 2014 for Mica Unit 5 and 2015 for Mica Unit 6.

Shareholders approve Magma Energy, Plutonic Power merger

The shareholders of Plutonic Power Corporation and Magma Energy Corp. approved the previously-announced plan under which Magma agreed to buy Plutonic.

Magma Energy, a Vancouver-based geothermal power developer, previously agreed to buy Plutonic Power for C$190 million in stock to diversify its renewable energy capabilities.

The new company is to be named Alterra Power Corp. Plutonic will be a subsidiary.

Magma said in a statement that Plutonic investors will receive 2.38 of its shares for every Plutonic share held.

Plutonic operates hydroelectric plants and wind farms and announced in January plans to acquire three photovoltaic solar projects from First Solar Inc.

The completion of the arrangement remains subject to approval by the Supreme Court of British Columbia.

Konecranes wins benchmark crane order from BC Hydro

BC Hydro purchased two 575-ton turbine hall cranes and one 30-ton construction crane from Konecranes America for its Mica hydropower station.

The Mica hydro station is on the Columbia River, about 135 kilometers north of the city of Revelstoke.

Mica currently operates with four generating units contained in an underground powerhouse that deliver a total output of 1,805 MW.

The station was designed to hold six generating units, but only four were installed when the facility was constructed in 1977.

The $700 to $800 million Mica Units 5 and 6 project will install the two remaining generating units, and add another 1,000 MW of power generation capacity.

The two new turbine hall cranes, designed to work in tandem to provide synchronized lifts up to 1,150 tons, will be the largest ever delivered by Konecranes in North America.

The massive double-girder cranes are cab-operated with radio backup, spanning 76 feet over the turbine hall on an 800-foot existing runway.

Inverter-driven and AC powered, the cranes feature a PLC-based control system that monitors a load restriction path and the control synchronization system.

The cranes will operate inside an underground chamber as the entire Mica facility is carved into a mountain. Access is via a 400-foot tunnel that gives trucks and personnel entry into the turbine hall.

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