Expansion of Three Plants on the Saranac River

by Harbinder S. Gill, Acres Int Corp, Buffalo, NY, USA,
Jacob A. Argauer, Jr., Acres Int Corp, Buffalo, NY, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Power '87


The capacity of three cascading hydro power plants, owned and operated by New York State Electric and Gas Corporation on the Saranac River near Plattsburgh, was expanded by a total of 13. 6 MW at a cost of about 22 million. The existing powerhouses, known as Cadyville, Mill 'C', and Kents Falls, were 60 to 80 years old and reliable drawings and documents were not available. All three plants were relicensed in 1981 for upgrading and expansion under FERC regulations. Each site presented its own unique set of challenges for which creative engineering and often, innovative solutions were required to contain costs. These three projects illustrate how, if complete redevelopment is not economically viable, the potential of existing sites can still be more fully exploited, by expansion and addition of units, with the application of judicious and innovative engineering techniques.

Subject Headings: Rivers and streams | Electric power | Hydro power | Natural gas | Corporations | Licensure and certification | Power plants | Construction costs | New York | United States

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