Abenaki Hydroelectric Project

Project Name: Abenaki #6 Turbine Project

Summary: Engineering and design services for new turbine generator unit

Client: Madison Paper Industries

Project Location: Madison, Maine

Project Size: 3 MW

Services Provided:
•  Facility and Equipment Condition
•  Powerhouse Engineering
    (Structural, Mechanical, Electrical)
•  FERC licensing
•  Engineering Services during

Project Timeframe:
2007 - 2008

Relationship with Client: Since 1985

Client Needs:
Madison Paper Industries (MPI) required engineering and design consulting services associated with the installation of a new turbine generator unit in an existing, unused bay to boost their capacity at the paper company’s Abenaki Hydroelectric Project. When the original facility was built in the early 1900s, a sixth penstock was installed and sealed off, leaving the turbine/generator space open.
Kleinschmidt Solution:
Kleinschmidt designed the Unit Control System for the new turbine/generator, which included the benchboard hardware and layout, PLC hardware and architecture, I/O device interfaces, and network connections. Kleinschmidt wrote specifications for the turbine/generator, switchgear, and GSU based on project requirements, MPI standards, and their existing installed base. The necessary protective relays were specified and the hard-wired ancillary equipment connections (e.g., current transformers, potential transformers) were designed for the new turbine/generator, existing rejects refiner motor, and medium voltage feeder cables. The element trip and alarm settings and configuration data for proper setup of the system were also developed. Kleinschmidt further assisted MPI by comparing equipment bids to the specification package and making a number of recommendations based on technical and financial information.
Client Benefits:
Kleinschmidt provided comprehensive services including design, permitting and bid services allowing for MPI to efficiently upgrade their hydro facility and add 3.3 MW of capacity.