Site C Clean Energy Project

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Image Credit: BC Hydro

Ranking for 2016: 2

Industry Sector: Energy

Specific Sector: Hydroelectric

Range: $5 billion +

Project Value: $8,775,000,000

Provincial: $8.775 billion

Government Funds Involved:

Funding Source: Public

Location: Near Fort St. John, British Columbia

Estimated End Date of Substantial Completion: 2024


This proposed hydroelectric earthfill dam on the Peace River includes several components: an earthfill dam 1,050 metres long and 60 metres high, a 1,100-MW generating station and associated structures, an 83-kilometre-long reservoir, realignment of six sections of Highway 29, and two 77-kilometre transmission lines along an existing transmission line right-of-way, connecting Site C to the existing provincial power grid.

The project’s rigorous environmental assessment was completed in October 2014 and approval granted after numerous consultation meetings, presentations, and events with the public, Aboriginal groups, and local governments. Preliminary engineering work has been done, including the development of plans for construction access roads, clearing plans, construction materials, geotechnical shoreline investigations, and reviews of highway realignment plans.

Construction started in July 2015 with site preparation activities, including clearing work, building access roads, and starting construction of a worker accommodation camp. Contractors are also upgrading public roads used to access the dam site. The project is expected to be completed in 2024.


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