Feedback: Faulty Parts Take Potsdam Hydro Plant Off Line

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There are more problems for Potsdam's West Dam hydro plant.

Underwater bushing, which is part of the motor, appears to have been designed wrong and needs to be corrected before the plant can go back on line to generate power.

"We found the slots the water is allowed to pass through were not machined all the way through to the bottom," said village administrator David Fenton.

As a consequence, debris is catching in the motor instead of passing through. The bushings are being re-machined to allow water to pass through unimpeded.                                          

The troubled hydro plant was taken off line a week ago after loud noises were heard coming from the two turbine generators.

The plant had only been operational for a few weeks when the latest problem developed.

"It's a long road with a lot of frustration," said Potsdam mayor Steven Yugartis.

The bushings were from the same company, Canadian Turbines, that provided other faulty parts, delayed the project for years and cost the village unanticipated expenses.

Village officials say they are also looking into whether the turbine shafts may also have fallen out of alignment.

Village officials say they aren't sure when the problem can be fixed or how soon the hydro plant can be put back on line.

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Friday, August 22, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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