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Crystal Powerplant

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RegionFacilities in Upper Colorado | Upper Colorado Home Page
RiverGunnison River
PurposeGeneration of hydroelectric power for use in the project.
FactsThe Crystal Powerplant was completed in 1978. It initially had a generating capacity of 28,000 kilowatts from one unit driven by a 39,000-horsepower hydraulic turbine. It is connected to the main Colorado River Storage Project transmission system at the Curecanti substation by a 115-kilovolt line.
HistoryTransformer KRA was replaced in fiscal year 1996. Outlet tube No.2 was repaired in 2001. Governor and the station service transformer were replaced in 2002 and 2003 respectively. Generator was shut down during the winter of 2002-2003 due to lack of water. Unit was uprated to 31,500 kilowatts in 2004.
Present ActivitiesDesign and repair of penstock gate stem holding system is scheduled for 2003-2004. Lightning arrestors on the 115 KV cable are to be changed, and scheduled for 2003-2004. Remote main breaker racking devices is to be installed in 2003-2004.
Special IssuesThis plant is used for control of the water flow in the Gunnison River. At least 1 MW is used to control flow variations caused by reservoir level changes.
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 Capacity28,000 kW
Installed Capacity31,500 kW
Year of Initial Operation1978
Age29 years
Net Generation168,238,910 kWh
(Fiscal Year)2007
Rated Head207 ft
Plant Factor61.5 percent (annual)
(Fiscal Year)2007
Production ModeBase Load
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: May 13, 2009