BC Hydro completes 24-MW Aberfeldie redevelopment

British Columbia utility BC Hydro reports the completion of its redevelopment of the 5-MW Aberfeldie hydroelectric project, replacing it with a 24-MW plant on the Bull River east of Cranbrook, B.C.

The C$95 million (US$82.9 million) redevelopment included construction of the 24-MW powerhouse next to the 5-MW powerhouse, which was targeted for removal. The project also includes a new surge tower and switchyard, a new penstock, and improvements to a water intake, dam, and access road.

BC Hydro included the Aberfeldie redevelopment in its 2008 plan to spend C$3.4 billion (US$2.9 billion) over two years to renew and upgrade its hydroelectric projects and electricity infrastructure. (HydroWorld 3/4/08) The British Columbia Utilities Commission granted BC Hydro a certificate of public convenience and necessity for the project in 2007. (HydroWorld 3/9/07)

BC Hydro awarded a C$32 million (US$27.9 million) contract for civil work to Western Versatile Construction Corp. in 2007. Andritz VA Tech Hydro Canada supplied turbines, generators, and related equipment under a C$14 million (US$12.2 million) agreement. Knight Piesold Ltd. was awarded a contract in 2005 to provide detailed engineering design.

Aberfeldie ceased operation in October 2006 in preparation for redevelopment. The redevelopment will help fill a growing gap in supply of electricity in British Columbia, BC Hydro said. The redevelopment is expected to generate enough energy to supply 10,500 residential customers.

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