Ruskin: What's happening

Seismic upgrades, updated equipment

There are four major components to the upgrade to Ruskin Dam and Powerhouse.

  • Reinforcement of the west bank: The right bank of the dam will be reinforced with a specially-designed cut-off wall which will control and manage seepage.
  • Dam upgrades: six new piers and five new spillway gates will be installed, which are constructed to withstand a significant earthquake. A two-lane road and pedestrian walkway will also be constructed on top of the dam.
  • Powerhouse update: The building will get a seismic upgrade, the aging equipment will be replaced, and the heritage fa├žade will be restored.
  • Switchyard relocation: A new switchyard will be built on the east bank, behind the powerhouse