The New York Power Authority is spending $1.1 billion to extend the life of the Niagara Power Project, including the 2,525-MW Robert Moses station. The 15-year project is expected to begin later this year and will proceed in four phases, including comprehensive inspection of the stations’ penstocks, refurbishing a 630-ton crane that enables mechanical work at the plant, upgrading and digitizing the control systems and building a new backup-control room. New York-based State Group was awarded a $69-million contract to design and fabricate a platform to inspect the penstocks. Burns & McDonnell received a $134-million contract to design and fabricate new control systems. The work is part of the state’s effort to produce 100% carbon-free electricity by 2040.