NYPA Press Release

Large Energy Infrastructure Traveling On NYS Canal System

July 5, 2017

Contact: Maura Balaban | maura.balaban@nypa.gov | (o) (914) 390-8171 | (c) (914)-646-6016

Three new, 55-ton, 17-foot-wide and 15-foot -high generator step-up transformers are en route along the New York State canal system to their new home at the New York Power Authority’s St. Lawrence-FDR Power Project, located on the St. Lawrence River in Massena.  This leg of their journey involves a scenic trip by barge along New York’ historic canal system, which is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year.

Watch these transformers climb 170 feet through Waterford’s famous flight of locks in the capital district (Locks 2-6); travel through scenic Lock 7 in Niskayuna and then on to Central New York, across Lake Oneida, and finally to Lake Ontario on its way to the St. Lawrence River.  Along the journey, the equipment will pass through 30 locks before being loaded on to trucks for delivery to the power plant.

The schedule is subject to change as weather and water flows permit, but keep on the lookout for progress updates:

  • Schedule for July 5:  NYPA’s Generator Step-Up Transformers are travelling along the NYS Canal System today from Lock 2 in Waterford to Lock 8 in Schenectady.  They are expected to arrive at Lock 7 in Niskayuna at approximately 4 p.m. today and to arrive at Lock 8 between 6-7 p.m. to stay overnight. Travel is dependent on whether water levels in the Canal system will allow for safe navigation.
  • Schedule for July 7-9: NYPA’s generator step-up transformers will be docked at Lock E-13, New York State Thruway (I-90) westbound at milepost 187 between exit 28 (Fultonville) and exit 29 (Canajoharie) - one of the most accessible and visible sections of the Canal system. E-13 is home to the Mohawk Valley Welcome Center and Living History Park. The equipment is expected to remain at Lock E-13 through the weekend, until Lock 14 opens. Travel is dependent on whether water levels in the Canal system will allow for safe navigation.
  • Schedule for July 10: NYPA’s generator step-up transformers will be traveling along the Canal system in the Syracuse area, between Lock 1 in Phoenix and Lock 8 in Oswego today from approximately 1-3 p.m. Travel is dependent on whether water levels in the Canal system will allow for safe navigation.

The new transformers will be passing through the area communities before reaching Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.  Look for our updates on the barge location and follow its journey on social media via Twitter @nypaenergy and @nyscanalcorp and Instagram NYPAenergy and NYSCanalCorp.

The new transformers are the last of 13 being replaced as part of a $36 million, multi-year infrastructure improvement project that began in 2012.  Like the original equipment, the new generator step-up transformers “step-up” the voltage of the power plant’s generation from 13.8 kilovolts to 115 kV and 230 kV for transmittal along New York’s power grid. The work bolsters the resiliency of New York’s electric power grid and supports Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision for building a cleaner, more resilient energy system for all New Yorkers.  NYPA’s St. Lawrence-FDR Power Project is one of the state’s premier hydroelectric power assets that allow NYPA to provide low-cost power as well as power proceeds to businesses in Northern New York and across the state. NYPA’s economic development programs are tied to commitments of more than 400,000 jobs and nearly $33 billion in capital investments that positively impact the state’s economy.

Please see ‘One-Minute of Transforming Energy,’ on the replacement of this vital energy system equipment.

For B-roll from the video, email: john.larkin@nypa.gov.

About NYPA:

NYPA is the nation's largest state public power organization, through the operation of its 16 generating facilities and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. NYPA uses no tax money or state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity. More than 70 percent of the electricity NYPA produces is clean renewable hydropower. For more information visit www.nypa.gov and follow us on Twitter @NYPAenergy, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and LinkedIn.