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Bountiful OKs funds to upgrade power-generating turbine

February 6, 2013

BOUNTIFUL — City officials have approved spending $100,270 to upgrade a 5-megawatt turbine for the power-generating facility of Bountiful City Light & Power Company.

Upgrading the older power-generating unit is expected to give the local utility four power-generating units for potential use for the summer season.

Allen Johnson, director of the BCLP said the generation unit has always had a problem with its lube oil cooling system during the summer season, and said the recent change in the plant, which included adding two natural gas-powered turbines, made cooling for the unit even worse, because less air flow is available and other cooling systems are adding more hot air into the area around the lube oil cooler.

The city council voted unanimously to contract with Solar Turbines Inc. for the work at a recent meeting. The new cooling unit will be an upsize, Johnson said, expanding the units and increasing cooling capacity by about 21 percent.

The cost for the cooler will be $94,570 but there will also be a shipping fee of $5,700.

With a 17-week delivery lead time, Johnson hopes the unit will be operational by late May.

“This makes it so we can run all run units effectively,” Councilman Fred Kern said of the power plant.

BCL&P is one of only two community-owned utilities in Davis County, and any expenditure of more than $10,000 is subject to council approval.

The city’s power-generating facility is on 200 West and underwent a $25 million upgrade last year with the addition of two new gas-powered turbines, which reduced emissions and replaced some older power-generating units.

The newly redesigned plant currently features internal combustion engines, which burn a mix of diesel and natural gas, and the two new turbines that operate on natural gas.

The turbine getting a new cooling system was installed in 2001.