Reclamation Announces Generator Rewind Project at Spring Creek Powerplant

Media Contact: Pete Lucero, 916-978-5100

For Release: November 03, 2010

The Bureau of Reclamation has awarded a $6 million contract to Andritz Hydro to refurbish the Unit 1 generator at Spring Creek Powerplant on Keswick Reservoir in northern California near Shasta Lake.

This process, known as a generator rewind, includes replacement of the stator core and other components. Disassembly and reassembly of the rotating machinery will be accomplished by Reclamation's Northern California Area Office employees. The contract includes an option for the second unit at this two-unit facility for $4 million.

"This project refurbishes a hydroelectric generator that has been in service since 1964," Reclamation Commissioner Michael L. Connor said today. "Maintaining and updating our equipment and infrastructure are key elements in ensuring Reclamation's ability to provide cost-effective, non-polluting hydroelectric power."

The Spring Creek Powerplant is a feature of the Trinity River Division of the Central Valley Project, with a combined generating capacity of 190 megawatts.

For more information about this project, contact Steven Melavic, Reclamation, Central Valley Operations Office, at 916-979-3008 (TTY 700-450-6000), or e-mail

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