John Hart: Why it's important

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John Hart is one of Vancouver Island’s most important generating facilities

Built in 1947, John Hart Generating Station is aging, and needs to be replaced.

  • The existing facility and pipelines are unlikely to withstand a moderate earthquake. A new facility will benefit from years of learning about seismic safety.
  • The existing generating station is in poor condition and electricity output is less than optimal and is declining. A new facility, with new equipment, will be more efficient and more reliable.
  • 95 per cent of the lower Campbell River comes out of the John Hart Generating Station. A new water bypass will ensure that if the facility shuts down for any reason, water flow can be maintained for fish and fish habitat.