Media Advisory and Photo Opportunity: NYPA to Exhibit an Original Runner as Visitors Center Attraction: Operation to Lift 90-Ton Turbine Blade Scheduled for Thursday

January 26, 2010


The Power Authority’s  Visitors Center will inherit a piece of history from the Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project when one of the plant’s original runners, or turbine blades—a major component of the plant’s four turbine generating units, is placed on a special foundation for public display Thursday, January 28.

A new, custom- designed, 90-ton, 20-foot wide runner is scheduled to arrive at the Blenheim-Gilboa project Wednesday, January 27.  The following day, the original runner will travel to the Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center and be lifted by crane onto a concrete base on the grounds of the visitors center for display.

Ninety-ton Turbine Blade Lifted into Position for Visitors Center Display
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Approximately 10:30 a.m. – Noon.
Please call 800-724-0309 to confirm as the schedule is subject to change.

Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center
1378 State Route 30
North Blenheim, NY 12131

Steve Ramsey:  800-724-0309
Directions:  The Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center is located on Route 30, five miles north of Grand Gorge, 17 miles south of Middleburgh and 50 miles southwest of Albany. For more information, call 800-724-0309 or visit www.nypa.gov.


About NYPA:

■ The New York Power Authority 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 public power organization, with 17 generating facilities in various parts of New York State and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. ■ More than 80 percent of the electricity it produces is clean renewable hydropower.  Its lower-cost power production and electricity purchases support hundreds of thousands of jobs throughout the state. ■For more information, www.nypa.gov.

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