GE Hydro receives $7 million Jaybird contract

GE Hydro has received a contract worth more than $7 million to upgrade and install two generators at the Jaybird Hydroelectric Powerhouse in northern California.

The 154-megawatt Jaybird facility is owned by the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) and is located on the south fork of the American River near Placerville, California.

According to a statement, GE Hydro will design, manufacture and install new generator stators to replace the existing stators, refurbish the existing generator rotor poles and test and commission the equipment.

GE Hydro’s Twintone stator winding insulation system and the complete refurbishment of the rotor windings will, according to GE, increase the power rating of the two generators from 77 to 85 MVA.

The two generators will be taken off-line for the installation work during the fourth quarter of 2004. The project is scheduled to be completed by mid-January, 2005.

Another GE Power Systems group participating in the Jaybird project, Bently Nevada, will supply a total unit condition assessment system to measure vibration, temperature, air gap, position and speed.

It will include Bently Nevada’s System 1 Plant Asset Management software which ties all monitored parameters, including power and current, into a single software package.