Hydroelectric Plants in Canada - British Columbia

Aberfeldie
Location: BC
Operator: BC Hydro
Configuration: 2 X 2.5 MW Francis
Operation: 1922
T/G supplier: SMS, WH
Quick facts: Development at this site on the Bull River dates to 1897I. In 1903, Bull River Electric Light and Power Co was formed to build a hydropelectric plant on a flume a mile above existing falls diverted the water past the canyon used to transport logs around the canyon. In 1920, the flume and water rights were sold to the British Columbia and Alberta Power Company Ltd, built a dam and powerhouse starting in 1920. In 1953, a new 27m dam was constructed and in 1959, operations at the plant were automated. The T/G units are scheduled for reconstruction.

Photograph courtesy of virtualmuseum.ca
Posted 1 Sep 2008

Arrow Lakes
Location: BC
Operator: Columbia Power Corp
Configuration: 2 X 85 MW Kaplan
Operation: 2002
T/G supplier: CGE
EPC: Harza, Kiewit
Quick facts:
This $C270mn project was the result of a 20yr effort to use the Hugh Keenleyside storage dam for power generation. Arrow Lakes includes a powerhouse 400m downstream from the dam, a 1500m approach channel alongside the dam, and a short tailrace returning water to the Columbia River. The project also includes a 48km transmission line.

Photograph courtesy of Power
Posted 5 Dec 2004

 

Akolkolex
Location: BC
Operator: Canadian Hydro Developers Inc
Configuration: 1 X 10 MW Francis
Operation: 1995
T/G supplier: Dongfang
EPC: UMA Engineering
Quick facts:
The powerhouse is located adjacent to the Akolkolex River which flows into the Upper Arrow Reservoir, part of the Columbia River Basin.

Photograph courtesy of Canadian Hydro Developers Inc
Posted 7 Aug 2005

 

 

Bonnington
Location: BC
Operator: Nelson Hydro
Configuration: 1 X 750 kW, 1 X 1.2 MW, 1 X 2.4 MW, 1 X 6 MW, 1 X 6.5 MW
Operation: 1908-1995
T/G supplier: Allis Chalmers, CGE
Quick facts: Upper Bonnington Falls is on the Kootenay River. The city of Nelson began construction of a hydroelectric plan at the site in 1905. After resolving a legal challenge from West Kootenay Power & Light Co, which maintained that the new facility would adversely affect their Lower Bonnington plant, construction started and the $200,000 first unit was completed on 27 Jan 1907. A second unit was added in 1910 at a cost of $85,000.

Photograph courtesy of virtualmuseum.ca
Posted 1 Sep 2008

Brandywine Creek
Location: BC
Operator: Run of River Power Inc
Configuration: 2 X 3.8 MW Turgo
Operation: 2005
T/G supplier: Dependable Turbine, Alconza
EPC: Ledcor Industrial
Quick facts: After BC Hydro's 2000 call for green energy projects, a 20yr PPA was signed for this project in Dec 2001. Brandywine Creek flows into the Cheakamus River about 15km north of Whistler. Creek water is diverted by a 3m concrete weir at 822m elevation into a 4.5km penstock. The project is EcoLogo certified and will produce around 40 GWh/yr. Brandywine Creek took less than 1yr to build and was developed in consultation with the Lil'wat and Squamish Nations and local recreational users.

Photograph courtesy of Run of River Power Inc
Posted 1 Sep 2007

 

Brilliant Dam
Location: BC
Operator: Columbia Power Corp
Configuration: 4 X 27 MW Francis
Operation: 1944-1968
T/G supplier: DEW, WHC
Quick facts:
The dam and power plant and surrounding property was originally owned by Cominco and was purchased by the Columbia Basin Trust and Columbia Power Corp in 1996.

Photograph courtesy of Columbia Power Corp
Posted 21 Apr 2001

 

Elko Dam
Location: BC
Operator: BC Hydro
Configuration: 2 X 4.8 MW Francis
Operation: 1924
T/G supplier: Dominion Engineering, EE, WH
Quick facts: East Kootenay Power Co completed construction of the Elk River Dam in 1924 after 2yrs of work. The 16m concrete dam is 66m long and forms a 10ha headpond. The power was first used by the Sullivan Mine in Kimberley and supplied Fernie, Cranbrook and Kimberley and the surrounding areas.

Photograph courtesy of virtualmuseum.ca
Posted 1 Sep 2008

 

Furry Creek
Location: BC
Operator: ENMAX
Configuration: 1 X 11 MW Pelton
Operation: 2004
T/G supplier: VA TECH Hydro
EPC: Sigma Engineering
Quick facts: The Furry Creek Hydro Plant was commissioned on 10 Jun 2004 at a site about 40km north of Vancouver. A portion of the creek’s flow is diverted through a 3.2km penstock which drops 366m. The plant is connected to the BC Hydro grid by a 1.5km, 69kV transmission line. 

Photograph courtesy of ENMAX
Posted 10 Jun 2007

Gordon M Shrum
Location: BC
Operator: BC Hydro
Configuration: 8 X 227 MW, 2 X 300 Francis
Operation: 1968-1974
T/G supplier: MHI, Toshiba, Fuji, CGE
Quick facts: The Shrum power station at the W A C Bennett Dam on the Peace River is BC's single largest electricity source supplying around 25% of provincial demand. The dam was planned during the late 1950s and built by from 1962-1965. It is one of the world's largest earthfill structures reaching 183m in height and stretching 2km across the canyon. The peak workforce was 4,800. Williston Reservoir took five years to fill. At completion, the Shrum power station was housed in the world's largest underground facility of its kind.

Photograph by John-Paul McCarthy (flickr)
Posted 13 Dec 2006

Mica
Location: BC
Operator: BC Hydro
Configuration: 4 X 434 MW Francis
Operation: 1976-1977
T/G supplier: Hitachi, LMZ, CGE
Quick facts: The 800ft, earthfill dam was completed in 1973 and the powerhouse added in 1977. Mica was built in accordance with the Columbia River Treaty to provide water storage for flood control and power generation.

Photograph courtesy of Paul Levesque
Posted 20 Dec 2005

Peace Canyon
Location: BC
Operator: BC Hydro
Configuration: 4 X 175 MW Francis
Operation: 1980
T/G supplier: LMZ, Melco
Quick facts: The power station at Peace Canyon Dam uses all the water released from the Gordon M Shrum plant to generate electricity. The dam is 50m high, 534mlong, and contains 515,000 m3 of concrete. It impounds a narrow 21km reservoir.

Photograph by David J van Unen
Posted 16 Dec 2006

Pingston Creek
Location: BC
Operator: Canadian Hydro Developers Inc
Configuration: 3 X 15 MW Pelton
Operation: 2003-2004
T/G supplier: ESAC
EPC: Owner
Quick facts: Pingston Creek is a tributary of the Columbia River The plant is a joint venture with Brascan Power. A major priority of the project was to enhance the habitat for rainbow trout in Pingston Creek.

Photograph courtesy of Canadian Hydro Developers Inc
Posted 7 Aug 2005

Revelstoke
Location: BC
Operator: BC Hydro
Configuration: 4 X 461 MW Francis
Operation: 1984
T/G supplier: Fuji
Quick facts: Revelstoke Dam is a concrete gravity dam. The dam operates in balance with the Mica reservoir but was not constructed under the terms of the1964 Columbia River Treaty with the U.S.

Photograph by Green Destiny (flickr)
Posted 20 Dec 2005

Rutherford Creek
Location: BC
Operator: Innergex
Configuration: 2 X 25 MW Pelton
Operation: 2004
T/G supplier: ESAC
EPC: Kiewit
Quick facts: Rutherford Creek Power LP is a partnership between Cloudworks Energy and Innergex and took less than 2yrs to build. The Mount Currie First Nation shares profits. The EPC scope included water diversion and storage to submerge the intake pipes, while minimizing landscape disturbance. After being routed through the powerhouse, all water is returned to natural flow into the creek. Piping included 3 km of 2.4m diameter HDPE pipe and 6km of 2m diameter steel pipe. The design also accommodates a world-class kayaking training facility constructed adjacent to the powerhouse. This facility includes a classroom, and a channel with weirs, baffle walls, boulders and anchor pads.

Photograph courtesy of barrypenner.com
Posted 20 Dec 2005

Seven Mile
Location: BC
Operator: BC Hydro
Configuration: 3 X 202.5 MW, 1 X 210 MW Pelton
Operation: 1979-2003
T/G supplier: MHI, Hitachi, CGE
EPC: Owner
Quick facts: Seven Mile Dam is on the Pend d'Oreille River between the Waneta Dam and the Boundary Project in the U.S. Construction on the concrete gravity dam began in 1975.

Photograph courtesy of virtualmuseum.ca
Posted 1 Sep 2008

Upper Mamquam
Location: BC
Operator: Canadian Hydro Developers Inc
Configuration: 2 X 12.5 MW Pelton
Operation: 2003-2004
T/G supplier: Litostroj, Leroy Somer
Quick facts: The project is located upstream of a 15m waterfall on the Mamquam River about 10km from Squamish. Construction started in Nov 2003 and was completed in July 2005. The distance from the water intake to the powerhouse is 1.7km. Unique features include a 145m tunnel allowing the buried steel penstock to pass through a rock wall, a bypass valve for uninterrupted river flow, and the site’s project's proximity to an urban area.

Photograph courtesy of Canadian Hydro Developers Inc
Re-posted 20 Oct 2007

Waneta Dam
Location: BC
Operator: Teck Cominco Ltd
Configuration: 3 X 72 MW, 1 X 76.5 Francis
Operation: 1954-1966
T/G supplier: DEW, WHC, AC, CGE
Quick facts: The plant provides electric power to the Trail metallurgical operation. Operation of Waneta is governed by the Canal Plant Agreement (CPA), a contractual arrangement with B.C. Hydro and other related parties under which Teck receives 2,690 GWh/yr even during low water years. A new CPA that extends the existing arrangements through 2035 has been executed by all parties. A15km, 230kV transmission line from Waneta to the U.S. border allows for the sale of surplus electricity. The concrete dam on the Pend d’Oreille River is 64m high and 290m long. Columbia Power plans to install a new 435-MW powerhouse adjacent to the existing facility.

Photograph courtesy of Columbia Power Corp
Posted 7 Oct 2006

Abbreviations: AC = Allis ChalmersCGE = Canadian General Electric, DEW = Dominion Engineering Works, LMZ = Leningradsky Metallichesky Zavod, PPA = power purchase agreement, WHC = Westinghouse Canada

Data: industcards, Platts UDI World Electric Power Plants Data Base

Updated 04/15/09

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