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Powerline project complete

UPPCO effort sited near McClure Dam

August 23, 2012
By JOHANNA BOYLE - Journal Staff Writer ( , Journal Ishpeming Bureau

ISHPEMING - The Upper Peninsula Power Co. has announced a three-mile span of overhead power line near the McClure Hydro Power Plant is once again in service following the completion of a reconstruction project.

The dam is located on the Dead River in Marquette County.

The power company reports the power line between the dam and a sub station is now in service, completing a loop in the system that allows a separate line to be taken out of service due to storms or planned outages without affecting customer power supply on other portions of the line.

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A three-mile section of an overhead power line near the McClure Hydro Power Plant has been put back into service following a reconstruction project at the dam. The line will complete a loop in the system to provide reliable power during storms or planned outages. (Upper Peninsula Power Co. photo)

The line and 58 power poles were reconstructed following the replacement of the dam's 91-year-old penstock pipe, which delivers water from the reservoir to the electric turbines in the power house.

The 2.4-mile penstock replacement allowed for easy access to the power line reconstruction project.

The two generating units at the dam produce nearly 8.5 megawatts.

Johanna Boyle can be reached at 906-486-4401.



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