VICTOR, N.Y., March 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A Rochester-area firm, Han-Tek Inc., has been awarded a contract by the New York Power Authority (NYPA), to design and build a new transfer car for the Lewiston Pump-Generating Plant (LPGP), the auxiliary facility at NYPA's Niagara Power Project in Lewiston, N.Y.
Under the terms of the competitively bid contract, Han-Tek will supply a transfer car to handle the demands and weight of the Power Authority's upgrade at LPGP of five generator step-up transformers from 150-ton-capacity units to those of 200-ton capacity. This is part of a planned Life Extension and Modernization Program that NYPA will be undertaking at the facility to ensure its optimum performance.
The transfer car, moving on rails, will enable the lift and traverse of the step-up transformers at LPGP, in north, south, east and west directions. Han-Tek is handling the mechanical design and build of the transfer car, which is being engineered completely at its Victor, N.Y., headquarters. The transfer car will feature electrical controls (a combination of variable frequency drives and contactors), as well as main-panel controls. The equipment installation by the company will be completed in April 2011.
LPGP operates during periods of peak power demand in supplementing the electricity output of the Robert Moses Niagara Power Plant, the Niagara project's main generating facility.
Located within five miles of Niagara Falls, the Power Authority's Niagara project produces clean, carbon-free hydroelectricity by harnessing water from the Niagara River to power the generating units at the Moses and LPGP plants. The project is a mainstay for economic development in Western N.Y., with tens of thousands of jobs directly linked to low-cost power allocations.
The New York Power Authority (www.nypa.gov) 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. NYPA is a leader in promoting energy efficiency, new energy technologies and electric transportation initiatives, and nearly 80 percent of the electricity it produces is clean renewable hydropower.
Han-Tek Inc., (www.han-tek.com), an ISO 9001:2008 registered company, customizes advanced automation technology to optimize manufacturing-assembly and product-distribution systems. Founded in 1961, the company specializes in automation and integrated materials handling systems with a concentration on overhead cranes, conveyors, controls and robotics. Han-Tek, based in Victor, N.Y., has completed transfer car projects for other customers, including GE Locomotive.
SOURCE Han-Tek Inc.