Replacement of John Hart Generating Station Announced

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 The BC Utilities Commission (BCUC) released its decision on February 8, 2013, approving BC Hydro’s application to replace the John Hart Generating Station (John Hart). John Hart, located in Campbell River on Vancouver Island, has been in operation since 1947. The 126-megawatt station was the first of three generating stations constructed on the Campbell River and is one of the oldest electricity generating facilities in BC Hydro’s entire system. The station and the six-dam structures that surround the John Hart Reservoir represent 17% of the total generating capacity BC Hydro can access on Vancouver Island. BC Hydro cites seismic risk, fish impacts and capacity reliability as motivations for its application to the BCUC.

The project’s two main components include replacing most of the existing water conveyance systems and replacing the six-unit powerhouse with a new three-unit powerhouse which will produce 135 megawatts. Once the project is completed, the power supply from John Hart will increase by 7% from the current 778 gigawatts to 835 gigawatts. BC Hydro expects construction to begin in the summer of 2013 with the first replacement generating unit in service by 2017. The project should be fully completed by 2018. The replacement project will cost over C$940 million and create 400 construction jobs over a five-year-period.

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