GE, Power Engineers garner BPA contract

Plainville, Conn.

GE Industrial Systems, a unit of General Electric Company, and Power Engineers Inc. 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 the BPA to improve the capability of the electric transmission system in the western U.S., the utility said. 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, according to GE and Power Engineers.

“GE is committed to working with BPA to improve their power delivery reliability, and, thus, to relieve the power transmission bottlenecks in the western U.S.,” said Lloyd Trotter, president and CEO of 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,” he added.

“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, N.Y. GE has partnered with Power Engineers to perform the installation of these systems.

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