Plainville, Conn., July 25, 2002 — GE Industrial Systems and Power Engineers Inc. announced that they have secured a contract with the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) for power capacity projects worth a total of $42 million.
The projects are part of a $1.3 billion program by Bonneville Power to improve the capability of the electric transmission system in the western U.S. These projects involve the installation of multiple high voltage series capacitor systems on the power transmission system in Washington, Idaho and Montana through 2004.
Series capacitors represent a very cost-effective means of significantly increasing power transfer capability over high voltage transmission lines. “GE is committed to working with BPA to improve their power delivery reliability and thus relieve the power transmission bottlenecks in the western US, ” said Lloyd Trotter, president and CEO, GE Industrial Systems.
“This project reinforces BPA’s dedication to accelerate key projects to benefit its customers and we look forward to working with them to help them meet their goals.” “We expect substantial load growth in the Northwest over the next decade,” said Ed Olavarria, BPA project manager.
“Installing new equipment on time and on budget is important to maintaining reliability. We are pleased that GE Industrial Systems and Power Engineers will be our partners in this important effort.”
GE will manufacture the capacitors, along with other major elements of these systems, in Ft. Edward, NY. GE has partnered with Power Engineers, Inc., an engineering and construction company headquartered in Hailey, Idaho, who will perform the installation of these systems.
GE is a provider of high voltage reactive compensation systems globally and has provided more than 60 systems over the past few decades, increasing the effectiveness of power transmission systems worldwide.
Bonneville Power Administration is the U.S. Government Agency responsible for the bulk transmission of electric power in the Northwestern U.S.
GE Industrial Systems spans the globe as an industry specialist in integrated industrial equipment, systems and services. The business brings to customers the latest technological products used to distribute, protect and control electrical power and equipment, and provides innovative product and service solutions for commercial, industrial, residential and utility applications.
For more information visit the website at www.GEIndustrial.com.
Power Engineers is a T&D firm with offices nationwide and internationally, providing engineering solutions for a wide variety of power supply customers. For more information visit the website at www.powereng.com