Ludington Pumped-Storage Plant upgrade one step closer to completion

LUDINGTON, Mich. 2/10/12 (PennWell) -- A US$800 million upgrade to Michigan's Ludington Pumped-Storage Plant reached an important milestone recently after improvements to the Lake Michigan barge dock were completed.

Now that the barge dock is complete, preparations can begin for the reception of six new, 290-ton turbine runners that will increase the facility's capacity by 300 MW. Currently, the plant has a capacity of 1,872 MW.

The facility is jointly owned by the Consumers Energy Company and Detroit Edison Company, who recently completed a comprehensive condition assessment and life extension study to best determine how to best upgrade Ludington.

The two then filed to amend their license with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission earlier this year.

The companies say that work on the project should be completed by 2019.

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