The New York Power Authority (NYPA) has awarded contracts worth more than $20m to Ferguson Electric Construction and Quality Inspection Services for the utility's Niagara hydroelectric project.

Ferguson Electric has secured a $19m, seven-year contract to install auxiliary equipment as part of NYPA’s ongoing upgrade of Lewiston Pump-Generating Plant (LPGP), one of the two generating facilities at the Niagara project.

In 2010, the NYPA Trustees approved a ten-year, $460m Life Extension and Modernization (LEM) program for the LPGP.

As part of the program, Ferguson Electric will install static exciters, generator circuit-breakers, cable, conduits, unit instrumentation and AC/DC distribution systems equipment to all 12 pump-turbine units at the plant.

Revamp of the LPGP’s first unit was concluded in October 2013, with work on a second unit currently underway. All units at the plant are expected to be upgraded by 2020.

Quality Inspection Services (QISI) was awarded a five-year, about $1.25m contract for on-call testing and inspection services at the Niagara project.

Prior work at the Niagara project, including concrete testing and inspection of the dam face of the Robert Moses power plant, switchyard structure foundation repairs and weld inspections, has been completed by QISI.