Gordon M. Shrum Generating Station Refurbishment

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Image Credit: BC Hydro

Ranking for 2017: 75

Industry Sector: Energy

Specific Sector: Hydroelectric

Range: $500,000,000 - $1 billion

Project Value: $600,000,000

Provincial: $600 million

Government Funds Involved:

Funding Source: Public

Location: Peace River, British Columbia

Estimated End Date of Substantial Completion: 2022


This generating station, located at the W.A.C. Bennett Dam, provides 24 per cent of BC Hydro’s hydroelectric power. Currently, there are several capital projects underway at this generating station and the W.A.C. Bennett Dam to replace the station’s 50-year-old equipment. The largest in terms of budget is the replacement of five turbines, which was completed in fall 2015.

Two significant projects underway now are the Rip-rap upgrade and control system upgrade. Rip-rap is the large rock that protects the upstream face of the W.A.C. Bennett Dam from erosion by wind, waves, and ice. The project is scheduled to run until 2020. The contractor is Peter Kiewit Infrastructure Inc. The control systems on all 10 units at the dam’s G.M. Shrum Generating Station will be replaced and upgraded, including the plant’s central control room, adding over 900 alarm points. The governor controllers for units 6 to 10 are also being replaced—these control the flow of water through the units. There are several other components to this project, which ultimately is scheduled for completion in fall 2022.



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