Carmen-Smith Uprate & Modernization

by Lewis B. Gay, III, Siemens-Allis Inc, Denver, CO, USA,
Arthur J. Hedstrom, Siemens-Allis Inc, Denver, CO, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Waterpower '85


The Carmen-Smith Powerhouse is located on the upper McKenzie River, 75 miles northeast of Eugene, Oregon. Carmen's two nearly identical 42. 1 MVA vertical hydroelectric turbine generators were put into commercial operation in late 1963. Working on an expedited schedule, both units were rebuilt prior to the 1983-84 winter. The rebuilt units received complete new stator core steel and windings. Output capability of each unit was increased to 55 MVA. A review and upgrade of the plant electrical facilities enabled increased utilization of the plant's capability. The upgraded plant permits greater operating flexibility resulting in more efficient water utilization.

Subject Headings: Hydro power | Power plants | Steel | Rivers and streams | Turbines | Winter | Permits | Energy efficiency | Oregon | United States

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