Gordon M. Shrum Generating Station Refurbishment

Rank 2024


Image Credit: BC Hydro

Industry Sector: Energy

Project Type: Hydroelectric

Project Value: $600 million

Funding Source: Public

Provincial Funding: BC Hydro: $600 million

Province: British Columbia

City / Region: Peace River

Estimated End Date of Substantial Completion: 2023

The G.M. Shrum Generating Station, located at the W.A.C. Bennett Dam, provides about 24 per cent of BC Hydro’s hydroelectric power. Currently, there are several capital projects underway at this generating station and dam to replace the station’s 50-year-old equipment. The largest, in terms of budget, was the replacement of five turbines and this project was completed in fall 2015. In 2018, work began to install new exciter transformers on units one through five. The Generators 1-10 Control System Upgrade is well underway with all major contracts awarded and 9 of 10 units completed. Work will be completed on spillway upgrades by early fall 2021 and the spillway gate project by 2022. Also, near the spillway will be the replacement of the reservoir boom. The boom is in design. Fabrication and installation are planned for 2022. Stoplog replacement is at the design for fabrication stage and installation is anticipated in 2023. Finally, 4 out of 10 of the 500 kV disconnect switches have been replaced with a target for full project completion in summer 2022.

Project Owner: BC Hydro

Contractor: Peter Kiewit Infrastructure

Turbine Supplier: Voith Hydro

Supplier Other: Andritz Hydro (rotor poles), Siemens (replacement transformers); Voith Hydro (turbines); Englobe (turbine QA)

MW Generation Power: 2730

2022 Rank: 85

2021 Rank: 75

2020 Rank: 76

2019 Rank: 75

2018 Rank: 76

2017 Rank: 74

2016 Rank: 77

2015 Rank: 78

2014 Rank: 86