Gordon Power Station
Shaft connecting the third turbine to the rotor. The bearing at the top supports the load of the shaft and turbine, the bottom bearing is primarily for alignment.
|Location||South West Tasmania|
|Dam and spillways|
|Type of dam||Arch dam|
|Height||140 m (459 ft)|
|Length||198 m (650 ft)|
|Width (crest)||2.75 m (9 ft)|
|Width (base)||17.7 m (58 ft)|
|Dam volume||154×103 m3 (5×106 cu ft)|
|Spillway capacity||175 m3/s (6,180 cu ft/s)|
|Total capacity||12.4 km3 (3.0 cu mi)|
|Catchment area||1,280 km2 (494 sq mi)|
|Surface area||278 km2 (107 sq mi)|
|Name||Gordon Power Station|
|Commission date||1978; 1988|
|Turbines||3 Fuji x 144 MW (193,107 hp)|
|Installed capacity||432 to 450 MW (579,322 to 603,460 hp)|
|Annual generation||1,388 GWh (4,997 TJ)|
The Gordon Power Station is the largest conventional hydroelectric power station in Tasmania, Australia; located in the South West region of the state. The power station is situated on the Gordon River. Water from the Lake Gordon descends 183 metres (600 ft) underground into the power station.
The Gordon Power Station system comprises three 144-megawatt (193,000 hp) Francis-type turbines that have a combined generating capacity of 432 megawatts (579,000 hp) of electricity, covering about 13% of the electricity demand of Tasmania. The first two turbines were commissioned in 1978, before the third was commissioned a decade later in 1988.
The station output is fed from each machine by 18 kV aluminium busbars to the surface switchyard then passes through three 18/220 kV power transformers and 220 kV outdoor switchgear to TasNetworks' transmission grid. The switchyard also houses 22 kV apparatus used for power supply to the station and to the local community. The annual output is estimated to be 1,388 gigawatt-hours (5,000 TJ).
2016 Tasmanian energy crisis
Due to draught, the BassLink power feed failure and Tasmanian energy needs, in early 2016, the water levels in Lake Gordon were at the lowest ever recorded  By January 2017 they had recovered 17 meters to -28 meters below capacity.
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