Texas authority expands capacity of 34-MW Max Starcke

The Lower Colorado River Authority reports it has added a total of 8.8 MW to its 34-MW Max Starcke Dam project on the Colorado River in Texas through a $24.9 million rehabilitation program.

LCRA said it boosted the capacity of each of two 17-MW units to 21.4 MW, an increase of nearly 26 percent. It declared the work substantially complete in August.

Contractors involved in the program included Voith Siemens Hydro Power Generation, which designed and provided new stainless Kaplan turbine runners. National Electric Coil installed new generator windings.

The program also included mechanical overhauls, installation of new unit circuit breakers and transformers, rehabilitation of head gates, and modernization of protection and control systems.

LCRA staff performed labor for the turbine work and also completed a total electrical rehabilitation of the entire plant, including new switchgear and controls.

Max Starcke powerhouse began operation in 1951.

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