Multi-Year Maintenance Project
Starts on Water Intake Structures for Niagara Power Project
January 25, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LEWISTON—The first of three phases has begun in a
multi-year maintenance and rehabilitation project on the water
intake structures for the New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) Niagara
Power Project. The structures divert water from the Niagara River to
the Niagara Project for hydropower production.
Workers from Hohl Industrial Company, located in
Buffalo, began hanging nylon safety netting over the exterior of the
two intake structures on Jan 23. The work will enable the
examination and repair of various components and the netting will
remain in place for the entire project.
International Chimney, also located in Buffalo,
will work on phase two of the project, scheduled to begin later this
year. Internal building components of the intake structures will be
assessed and rehabilitated as needed. For the third phase, NYPA is
expected to issue bids shortly for the rehabilitation of the
exterior covering of the structures. Work on that phase is estimated
to begin in 2009 and last for about two years.
The gates within the intake structures open and
close as needed to allow water flow from the Niagara River, through
underground conduits, to the forebay at the Niagara Power project
almost five miles away. The structures are located on the Niagara
River two and one-half miles upstream from Niagara Falls. They are
55 feet wide and nearly 100 feet high, and are visible from the
Niagara River and Robert Moses Parkway.
■ NYPA uses no tax money or
state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of
bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of
electricity. ■ NYPA is a leader in promoting
energy-efficiency, new energy technologies and electric
transportation initiatives. ■ It is the
nation’s largest state-owned electric utility, with 18 generating
facilities in various parts of the state and more than 1,400
circuit-miles of transmission lines.
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