Wartsila wins seals and management system supply contract for 28.5-MW Minidoka hydropower plant

Minidoka Hydropower Plant

The Wartsila Corp. has been contracted to supply performance monitoring sealing products as part of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation's ongoing rehabilitation of the 28.5-MW Minidoka hydroelectric plant.

The manufacturer said it will supply its "REguard" water-lubricated seals with integrated pressurized interface management systems to GE Renewable Energy, which is responsible for overhauling two of Minidoka's Kaplan turbines.

"This project marks a significant milestone for us in terms of business development," Wartsila consulting engineer Simon Thompson said. "Since visiting the Minidoka plant, we have been able to specifically tailor our product to offer the best solution possible in terms of performance improvement and reduced-through-life costs."

Wartsila said the autonomous monitoring system can record and analyze performance data in real-time, reducing operational stoppages and decreasing maintenance.

HydroWorld.com reported that Reclamation had awarded a $5.3 million contract to Alstom Power Inc. in May to overhaul the pair of turbines. That contract was taken over by GE Renewable Energy when General Electric completed its acquisition of Alstom in November.

The work is part of Reclamation's ongoing rehabilitation of the Minidoka complex, which is located on the Snake River in Idaho.

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