Hydropower Industry Shows Signs of Healthy Construction Industry

Niagara Tunnel Project. Photo Credit: Morrison Hershfield.

Another sign of a healthy green construction industry in Canada is its expansion into other industries –including power generation. As 60% of Canada’s electricity is sourced from hydro facilities, hydropower is Canada’s single largest source of energy. Despite breakthroughs in the hydropower industry of Canada, its potential is far from reached. With the implementation of the Budget Implementation Act, streamlining project reviews and strengthening environmental protection, new projects throughout the country aare utilizing new generator and turbine technologies and taps innovative design are underway. Here are some projects by Canadian hydro companies that will create a new wave of regeneration.

1. Eastmain-1-A/Sarcelle/Rupert project (Quebec)

The project, a 918-MW Eastmain-1-A/Sarcelle/Rupert project on Northern Quebec’s Rupert River will cost C$5 billion and will start operations at around 2013. There will be two diversion bays, with 71% of the Ruper River water flow directed to the turbines of the powerhouses.

Before the commencement of the project, several committees and feasibility studies were done. There were also discussions and workshops throughout the Cree community to coordinate support.

2. Niagara Tunnel (Ontario)

Developed by Ontario Power Generation, the Niagara Tunnel Manitoba Hydro, owning 75% of the equities, and Keeyask Cree Nations, with up to 25%. The power will come from the lower Nelson River, generating 4,400 GWh of electricity.

3. Keeyask Station (Manitoba)

Construction for the fourth largest generating station started just this year. The 695-MW station will be a partnership between Manitoba Hydro, owning 75% of the equities, and Keeyask Cree Nations, with up to 25%. The power will come from the lower Nelson River, and will generate 4,400 GWh of electricity.

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