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RegionFacilities in Pacific Northwest | Pacific Northwest Home Page
StateMontana
CountyFlathead
RiverSouth Fork Flathead River
PurposeHungry Horse Project creates power benefits that extend from the Continental Divide westward to the Pacific Ocean. The principal power benefit from the project arises from its ability to store water through the spring flood season for later release.
FactsThe above ground powerplant building at the base of the dam houses four 107,000 kW hydroelectric generation units. The four steel penstocks are 13.5 feet in diameter and 450 feet long. Maximum operating head is 477 feet with a maximum turbine discharge of 3,150 cubic feet per second for each turbine. A selective withdrawal system is installed in each penstock trashrack to control the temperature of water released for downstream fishery enhancement.
HistoryThe generating units were uprated and overhauled during the period 1990-1993. Capacity of each unit went from 71,250 kW to 107,000 kW. Conversion work for remote operation began in 1994. The switchyard was rebuilt in 1995 and a penstock selective withdrawal system was also installed in 1995.
Present ActivitiesTurbine Cavitation Repair, SCADA/GDACS Upgrade; Fire System Upgrade and Testing, Generator Controls and DC System Upgrade, Station Service Battery Replacement.
Future Planned ActivitiesPlanning for Visitor Center and ADA improvements along the top of the dam, including new exhibits inside the Visitor Center; Powerplant Station Service Distribution System Replacement; Governor Upgrade; Exciter Replacement; Transformer Fire Protection System and Oil Containment Upgrade; Crane Controls Upgrade; Radio System Upgrade; Penstock Flow Measurement Instrumentation and Turbine Runner Replacement Studies.
Special IssuesIn December of 2000 two new Biological Opinion (BO) were implemented for the FCRPS which includes Hungry Horse. One of them was for Bull Trout and the other was for anadromous fish. The BO for Bull Trout put new power plant ramp rate restrictions and minimum flow restrictions on the plant. These restrictions do influence the power production.
NERC RegionWestern Electricity Coordinating Council, Northwest Power Pool Area
PMA Service AreaBonneville Power Administration
Plant TypeConventional
Powerhouse TypeAbove Ground
Turbine TypeFrancis
Original Nameplate Capacity285,000 kW
Installed Capacity428,000 kW
Year of Initial Operation1952
Age61 years
Net Generation1,086,250,400 kWh
(Fiscal Year)2012
Rated Head400 ft
Plant Factor29.1 percent
(Fiscal Year)2012
Production ModePeaking
Remotely OperatedYes
Project AuthorizationThe Congress authorized construction of Hungry Horse Dam under Public Law 329, 78th Congress, 2d Session, approved June 5, 1944 (58 Stat. 270).
Project PurposeHungry Horse is a key project in the Department of the Interior`s long-range program for multiple-purpose development of the water resources of the vast Columbia River drainage basin. The dam creates a large reservoir by withholding water in times of heavy runoff to minimize downstream flooding. This stored water is released for power generation when the natural flow of the river is low. Downstream power benefits are of major importance since more than five times as much power can be produced from water releases downstream than is produced at Hungry Horse Powerplant.
GroupDataHungry Horse Project creates power benefits that extend from the Continental Divide westward to the Pacific Ocean. At-site production averages about a billion kilowatt-hours annually. The principal power benefit from the project arises from its ability to store water through the spring flood season for later release. In an average year, this water will generate about 4.6 billion kilowatt-hours of power as it passes through a series of downstream powerplants.
Contact
First nameDennis
Last namePhilmon
TitleSupervisory Facility Operations Specialist
Phone (Individual)406 387-5241
Phone (Fax)406 387-4012

Last updated: Oct 21, 2013