Coal, Hydroelectric

New turbine runners from GE Hydro to boost output of Manitoba plant


LACHINE, Can., May 16, 2003 — GE Hydro will replace four turbine runners at Manitoba Hydro’s Pointe du Bois Generating Station, increasing plant output while meeting an extremely tight installation schedule.

The scope of GE Hydro’s contract includes a mechanical study of units 15 and 16; and the design, manufacture and supply of four upgraded replacement runners and one turbine shaft, with an option to include a second shaft.

The two runners for unit 16 will be shipped in October and the machine is scheduled to resume commercial service in December. The second set of runners will be shipped in December and Unit 15 is expected to go back into service in January 2004.

Units 15 and 16 are double horizontal Francis turbines. The runner replacement will boost the full gate output to 6.8 megawatts for each unit, when operating under a net head of 13.72 m.

GE Hydro will utilize fully fabricated runners with pressed blades. “We used new design methods and expedited our manufacturing cycles to meet Manitoba Hydro’s requirements for an increase in power and a very short project cycle time,” said Haresh Ramchandani, GE Hydro Account Manager. Equipment for the project will be manufactured at GE Hydro facilities in Canada.

The Pointe du Bois Generating Station is located on the Winnipeg River, approximately 160 kilometers northeast of Winnipeg, and is the oldest power plant still in operation on the river. The generating station was built in the early 1900s by City Hydro, later known as Winnipeg Hydro, and acquired by Manitoba Hydro in 2002.

Manitoba Hydro is the province’s major energy utility and one of the largest electricity and natural gas utilities in Canada. Headquartered in Winnipeg, the company serves nearly 500,000 electricity customers throughout Manitoba and nearly 250,000 gas customers in southern Manitoba.

GE Hydro, a unit of GE Power Systems, is a supplier of hydro turbines, generators and related electro-technical equipment for the hydropower production industry. Capabilities include complete water-to-wire solutions for new hydroelectric plants and refurbishment and service for existing plants.

About GE Power Systems

GE Power Systems (www.gepower.com) is a supplier of power generation technology, energy services and management systems with 2002 revenues of nearly $23 billion. Based in Atlanta, GA, GE Power Systems provides equipment, services and management solutions across the power generation, oil and gas, distributed power and energy rental industries.