Hydroelectric Plants in Canada - British Columbia - A to M
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 1897. 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 BC Hydro
Re-posted 31 Oct 2009

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

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

Ashlu Creek
Location: BC
Operator: Innergex
Configuration: 3 X 16.5-MW Francis
Operation: 2009
T/G supplier: VA TECH
EPC: RSWI, Ledcor
Quick facts: Construction at Ashlu Creek began in Aug 2006, and the facility started commercial operation in Dec 2009. The site is 35km northwest of Squamish, on Ashlu Creek, a tributary of the Squamish River. The HPP has a 30yr PPA with BC Hydro.

Photograph courtesy of Innergex
Posted 4 Sep 2016

Big Silver Creek
Location: BC
Operator: Innergex
Configuration: 4 X 11-MW Francis
Operation: 2016
T/G supplier: Litostroj, Indar
EPC: Tetra Tech, CRT-EBC SENC
Quick facts: This HPP started construction in Jun 2014 and went commercial on 24 Aug 2016. The site is on crown land 40km north of Harrison Hot Springs.

Photograph courtesy of Innergex
Posted 4 Sep 2016

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: Eco Flow Energy Corp
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 5km southwest 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

Canoe Creek
Location: BC
Operator: Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations
Configuration: 1 X 6-MW Pelton
Operation: 2010
T/G supplier: Canyon, WEG
EPC: Barkley Project Group Ltd, Amnis Engineering, Hazelwood Construction One
Quick facts:Canoe Creek Hydro on Vancouver Island is majority owned by the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations of Tofino, with minority partner Swiftwater Power Corp of Nanaimo. The site is in the Nation’s Tribal Parkland. 

Photograph courtesy of Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations
Posted 13 Feb 2016

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

Falls River
Location: BC
Operator: BC Hydro
Configuration: 2 X 3.5 MW Francis
Operation: 1930
T/G supplier: Dominion Engineering, EE, WH
Quick facts: The Falls River hydroelectric project includes a 154m long, 12m high concrete gravity dam, a 340ac headpond, two 233m penstocks, and the powerhouse. Annual output is about 49.5 GWh/yr, but Falls River plays an important role in providing power to the Prince Rupert area when grid supply is disrupted.

Photograph courtesy of BC Hydro
Posted 1 Nov 2009

Fire Creek
Location: BC
Operator: Innergex
Configuration: 2 X 11.2-MW Francis
Operation: 2009
T/G supplier: VA TECH, LS
EPC: Kiewit
Quick facts: This is a ROR plant on the lower reaches of Fire Creek. Costruction started in May 2007 and COD was 19 Oct 2009. Innergex is a 50% owner and has two partners, CC&L Harrison Hydro Project LP and LPF (Surfside) Development LP.

Photograph courtesy of Innergex
Posted 5 Sep 2016

Fitzsimmons Creek
Location: BC
Operator: Innergex
Configuration: 1 X 7.9-MW Pelton
Operation: 2010
T/G supplier: VA TECH, Ideal
EPC: RSWI, Ledcor
Quick facts: This ROR plant is on Fitzsimmons Creek, between Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains in Whistler. The facility was built between Jul 2008 and Jan 2010 and has a 40yr PPA with BC Hydro. Ledcor Power Group has a one-third interest in the project.

Photograph courtesy of Innergex
Posted 5 Sep 2016

Forest Kerr
Location: BC
Operator: AltaGas Ltd
Configuration: 9 X 22 MW Francis
Operation: 2014
T/G supplier: Andritz
EPC: Hatch, Procon, BV Electric Ltd, WestPro, Formula Contractors
Quick facts: AltaGas acquired the Forrest Kerr HPP in 2008. The project is located within the Tahltan First Nation and redirects a portion of the flow of the Iskut River through a 3km long, 11m diameter power tunnel to an underground powerhouse. Power is sent to the grid via a 37km, 287kV transmission link to a new substation at Bob Quinn Lake and BC Hydro’s Northwest Transmission Line (NTL). Forrest Kerr began commissioning in Aug 2014, on time and on budget at an estimated cost of C$725mn. AltaGas has a 60yr, fully-indexed PPA with BC Hydro.

Photograph courtesy of AltaGas Ltd
Posted 10 Aug 2014

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,Voith, CGE
EPC: BC Hydro
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, named after the then BC Premier, was planned during the late 1950s and built 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. From 2009 to 2015, Units 1-5 were rebuilt with new turbines and related equipment at a cost of about $C272mn. Gordon Shrum was a notable Canadian academic figure and later an executive at BC Electric and its successor BC Hydro

Photograph courtesy of BC Hydro
Re-posted 1 Nov 2009

John Hart
Location: BC
Operator: BC Hydro
Configuration: 6 X 20 MW Francis
Operation: 1948-1953
T/G supplier: DEW, WHC
Quick facts: John Hart on the Cambell River produces about 740 GWh/yr, or 15% of Vancouver Island's electrictiy. In Nov 2011, BC Hydro issued a request for information about equipment and services that would go into a proposed $C 1.35bn replacement project. Three new 46-MW sets with a new 2.1km power tunnel are planned for completion around 2018. Existing electromechanical equipment and metal banded penstocks will be removed.

Photograph courtesy of BC Hydro
Re-posted 16 Mar 2012

Lamont Creek
Location: BC
Operator: Innergex
Configuration: 1 X 7.9-MW Pelton
Operation: 2010
T/G supplier: VA TECH, Ideal
EPC: RSWI, Ledcor
Quick facts: This ROR plant is on Fitzsimmons Creek, between Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains in Whistler. The facility was built between Jul 2008 and Jan 2010 and has a 40yr PPA with BC Hydro. Ledcor Power Group has a one-third interest in the project.

Photograph courtesy of Innergex
Posted 5 Sep 2016

Lubbe
Location: BC
Operator: Esquimalt Waterworks Co
Configuration: 2 X 360 kW, 1 X 500 kW, 1 X 1 MW Pelton
Operation: 1897-1905 (ret)
T/G supplier: ??
Quick facts: This high-head hydro plant in Langford was built in cooperation with British Columbia Electric Railway (BCER) to run Victoria's streetcars. Water was transported from Cabin Pond Reservoir 665ft above the powerhouse via a 7,920ft, 33in riveted steel penstock to the powerhouse. The site is 19km for the city. Turbines 3&4 operated until 1957. All the equipment was scavenged and sold off leaving only the buildings. These are in poor repair.

Photograph by Kiwibirdman (wikipedia)
Posted 25 Feb 2012

McLymont Creek
Location: BC
Operator: AltaGas Ltd
Configuration: 2 X 24 MW Francis
Operation: 2015
T/G supplier: Andritz
EPC: Gygax Engineering Associates, Northwest Hydraulic Consultants
Quick facts: This HPP is 10km donwstream of Forrest Kerr HPP on the Tahltan First Nation territory. It went online on 1 Oct 2015 and cost about C$217mn. Along with the other Northwest Hydrorlectric Facilities, McLymont sends energy to the BC grid through BC Hydro’s 287-kV Northwest Transmission Line.

Photograph courtesy of AltaGas Ltd
Posted 20 Jan 2017

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. This had space for six sets in total. Mica was built in accordance with the Columbia River Treaty to provide water storage for flood control and power generation. Two 520-MW units were added in 2015.

Photograph courtesy of Paul Levesque
Posted 20 Dec 2005

   
  Miller Creek
Location: BC
Operator: Innergex
Configuration: 1 X 30-MW, 1 X 3.5-MW Pelton
Operation: 2003
T/G supplier: Alstom
EPC: Knight Piesold, Western Versatile Construction
Quick facts: Miller Crrek is near Pembertib and has a 20yr PPA with BC Hydro. The Brown Lake and Miller Creek HPP were acquired by Innergex in Oct 2012 from Capital Power Corp for USD 68.6mn.

Photograph courtesy of Innergex
Posted 5 Sep 2016

 

Abbreviations

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

Updated 21-Jan-2017

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