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Project would take decade, inject millions into regional economy


Chamber of commerce members get an up-close look at a spinning shaft of a generator in the Third Powerhouse at Grand Coulee Dam on a tour in 2010. The total weight of the major components of one of the generators to be upgraded comes to nearly 3,687 tons, according to an illustration in the draft environmental assessment document published in November. - Scott Hunter photo

The Bureau of Reclamation is looking to modernize three more generators in the Third Power Plant of the Grand Coulee Dam in a project that should get underway in about four years.

The upgrade of generators G19-G21, if approved, would take about 10 years to complete, beginning in 2023 at the earliest, and would add tens of millions of dollars to the regional economy, a draft environmental assessment states.

A similar project, modernizing G22-G24, started in 2010 and still continues. It has cost about $100 million.

A November 2018 Draft Environmental Assessment from the bureau on the topic ou...

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