New York Small-hydro Facility Modernized

[] Brascan Power New York recently completed a $920,000 restoration project at its 5.4 MW Kamargo Hydroelectric Facility in the Village of Black River, on the Black River in Jefferson County, New York. The three-month-long construction and restoration project at the Kamargo site focused primarily on the powerhouse foundation wall and the north canal wall. Both were built in 1921, and have survived many harsh, upstate New York winters. Brascan Power restored the powerhouse walls to original strength by removing most of the existing concrete and replacing it with a thicker, layer of reinforced concrete. The 230-foot long, 14-foot high and 8-foot wide north canal wall is the riverside wall of the hydro plant’s canal that channels approximately 3,000 cubic feet per second of water from the Black River into the powerhouse for the turbines. Brascan Power removed and completely rebuilt with reinforced concrete all of the buttresses, and the top of the wall along two-thirds of the wall’s length. Brascan Power also increased the width of the remaining one-third of the wall for greater stability. Work performed at the Kamargo site is one of many improvement projects planned by Brascan Power over the next decade that are intended to modernize its New York State hydropower fleet.
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