POWER Engineers Teams with GE Industrial Systems on BPA Power Projects
HAILEY, IDAHO — POWER Engineers Inc. and GE Industrial Systems have secured a $42 million contract with the Bonneville Power Administration to engineer and construct electric power projects to improve transmission capacity in the Western U.S.
The Eastern Washington Reinforcement Project includes engineering and construction of 10 new and retrofitted 500kV series capacitor banks in existing power substations in Washington, Idaho and Montana.
“The capacitor banks will delay the need for additional major transmission lines and increase overall reliability of the region’s electric transmission system,” said POWER Project Manager Tim Ostermeier.
POWER will work with GE to design and engineer the capacitor banks and associated electric power equipment and to manage overall construction of the facilities. GE will manufacture the capacitors, along with other major elements of these systems, in Ft. Edward, NY, and various plants nationwide.
“This project represents a major step in the right direction for the future reliability of the electric transmission system in the Northwest. POWER is proud to work on this important project and to work with a recognized leader in the high-technology sector,” said POWER Transmission & Distribution Division Manager Bill Eisinger.
GE is the largest provider of high voltage reactive compensation systems in the U.S. The company also has multiple installations abroad and has provided more than 60 such installations over the past few decades, increasing the effectiveness of power transmission systems worldwide.
POWER is a leading worldwide partner of consulting engineering services to electric utilities, power developers, telecommunication providers, industrial and other clients, including high-tech manufacturing, food processing and health care.