Diversified power management firm Eaton Corporation has secured a nine-year, $10.9m contract from the New York Power Authority’s board of trustees for the life extension and modernization program of the Niagara power project’s Lewiston pump generating plant (LPGP).
Under the contract, the company will be responsible for the design, manufacturing, delivery, installation and commission of 12 unit control boards and governor controls.
Eaton will replace the original electro-mechanical devices with modern digital technology, including microprocessing capability, and new instrumentation and alarms.
The company will also upgrade the unit governing system and replace the plant's unit protective relaying system.
LPGP modernizations will occur under a schedule providing for the overhaul of a turbine generator every eight to nine months, with the final unit completed in 2020, Eaton said.
According to Eaton, the Niagara power project will continue to produce steady supplies of clean hydroelectricity for another 50 years under a federal operating license.