- Associated Press - Sunday, December 9, 2018

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is planning to spend between $150 million and $200 million to overhaul the 65-year-old Hungry Horse Dam in northwest Montana.

The bureau will focus on two of the facility’s four generating units simultaneously for one year and individual generating units for nine years. Onsite work is expected to begin in 2020 and is not expected to seriously affect power generation, The Daily Inter Lake in Kalispell reported.

“Having three generating units available, which would occur in all but one year of the project under this alternative, is how Hungry Horse currently operates,” according to the bureau.

Reclamation officials say many of the power plant’s components have reached or exceeded their intended service life, and not fixing them could result in increased failures and longer forced outages.

The bureau also plans to replace or upgrade five of six cranes at the dam.



The 564-foot-high (172-meter) dam on the South Fork of the Flathead River provides water storage used for hydroelectric power production for Kalispell, Whitefish and Columbia Falls. When fully filled, the reservoir is 35 miles (56 kilometers) long and covers a surface area of about 37 square miles (96 square kilometers).

Most funding will come from the Bonneville Power Administration, with some money from Congressional appropriations.

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Information from: Daily Inter Lake, http://www.dailyinterlake.com

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