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New York Power Authority Trustees Award Contracts to Four New York State Firms

Paul DeMichele

April 29, 2009


WHITE PLAINS—New York Power Authority (NYPA) President and Chief Executive Officer Richard Kessel today announced the competitive award of four contracts to firms in Western and Central New York, totaling more than $19 million, in support of electricity generation and transmission. 

“These contracts will provide key services for NYPA’s operations while advancing business activity in New York State,” Kessel said. “The Power Authority does hundreds of millions of dollars in business every year with New York enterprises in connection with our contributions for the state’s electric power system, economy and environment. The contract awards approved last month by the NYPA Board of Trustees are the latest examples of our transactions that support state’s businesses.”     

The following companies received the contract awards: 

Scrufari Construction Co. of Niagara Falls (Niagara County), was awarded a $6.6 million contract for rehabilitation of both river intake structures at the Niagara Power Project. The 100-foot River Intake Gate Structures are located two and a half miles upstream from the Falls and are used for cutting off flow in the two conduits that convey water from the Upper Niagara River to the Niagara project. Water passes through the conduits at up to 100,000 cubic feet per second. 

International Chimney Corp. of Williamsville (Erie County) was awarded a contract for $1.4 million for labor, supervision, materials and equipment for a drain rehabilitation project at the Niagara project. Specifically, the project will include removing concrete debris and rock in the south and north abutments of the Niagara project. It will also enhance the drainage system to prevent buildup of groundwater behind the concrete facade and structure in these areas. 

Gomez and Sullivan of Utica (Oneida County), was awarded more than $800,000 contract to perform vegetation inventory services along NYPA’s transmission line right-of-ways or corridors.  It will survey the more than 1,400 circuit miles of the Authority’s transmission lines—approximately one-third of New York State’s total high-voltage transmission—to map vegetation sites and related right-of-way and inventory vegetation species. The firm will also suggest the most effective vegetative management techniques for ensuring the necessary clearance between vegetation and transmission, and the reliability of the power lines. 

Lewis Tree Service of West Henrietta (Monroe County), was awarded a $10.5 million contract. This licensed pesticide applicator and a line clearance contractor will be providing vegetation management services, including various chemical, mechanical and manual treatments, over a range of vegetation sites within the right-of-way of high voltage transmission lines under the Power Authority’s maintenance jurisdiction, covering approximately 16,000 managed acres.

About NYPA:

■    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.   For more information,

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