Feds award contract to replace Glen Canyon Dam transformers

PAGE, Ariz. (AP) - The transformers that increase the voltage to allow power generation at Glen Canyon Dam are getting upgraded.

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation says it has awarded a $37 million contract to Billings, Montana-based Yellowstone Electric Co. to replace 12 transformers and related equipment. The three-year project begins in August 2017.

The transformers have been in place since 1964 when the power plant at Glen Canyon Dam went into operation. The eight generators are connected to the transmission grid through the transformers. Power then is sent to customers around the Southwest.

Federal officials say the new transformers are filled with oils that are safer and better for the environment.

The Bureau of Reclamation also is wrapping up a project to replace the turbines at the dam in Page near the Arizona-Utah line.

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