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Blue Mesa Powerplant

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RegionFacilities in Upper Colorado | Upper Colorado Home Page
RiverGunnison River
PurposeGeneration of hydroelectric power for the upper basin and adjacent areas.
FactsThe Blue Mesa Powerplant consists of two 43,200-kilowatt generators, driven by two 41,500-horsepower turbines. Each turbine is designed to operate at a maximum head of about 360 feet.
FactsOne 16-foot-diameter penstock conveys water to the two turbines and also carries water for the outlet works. After branching from the main penstock, each of the penstock laterals is controlled by 156-inch butterfly valves. The main penstock is reduced by a wye branch to the outlet works control valves.
HistoryPower generation was initiated in September 1967 at the Blue Mesa Powerplant. Generators were uprated from 30,000 kW to 43,200 kW in 1988. The Governors were replaced in 2001-2002. A new generator step up transformer was installed in 2002.
Present ActivitiesDesign for draft tube liner repairs.
Future Planned ActivitiesReplace the runner.
NERC RegionWestern Electricity Coordinating Council, Rocky Mountain Power Area
PMA Service AreaWestern Area Power Administration, Colorado River Storage Project Management Center
Plant TypeConventional
Powerhouse TypeAbove Ground
Turbine TypeFrancis
Original Nameplate Capacity60,000 kW
Installed Capacity86,400 kW
Year of Initial Operation1967
Age40 years
Net Generation237,266,642 kWh
(Fiscal Year)2007
Rated Head332 ft
Plant Factor31.5 percent
(Fiscal Year)2007
Production ModePeaking
Remotely OperatedYes
Project AuthorizationCongress authorized construction of four storage units of the Colorado River Storage Project and 11 participating projects on April 11, 1956, under Public Law 485, 84th Congress, 70 Stat. 105. Additional projects have been added since the original legislation was adopted.
Project PurposeThe Colorado River Storage Project provides for the comprehensive development of the Upper Colorado River Basin. The project furnishes the long-term regulatory storage needed to permit States in the upper basin to meet their flow obligation at Lees Ferry, Arizona, as defined in the Colorado River Compact and still use their apportioned water.
First name Larry
Last name Lingerfelt
Title Manager, Curecanti Field Division
Phone (Fax) 970 240-6304
Phone (Individual) 970 240-6300

Last updated: Jan 12, 2015