Bridge River system upgrades

Aerial view of the Bridge 2 powerhouse
We're working to renew the Bridge River electricity system which is about 300 kilometres north of Vancouver in the traditional territory of the St'át'imc Nation.

BC Hydro's Bridge River system is about 300 km north of Vancouver and consists of the Lajoie Dam and Powerhouse (Downton Reservoir), Bridge 1 and 2 Powerhouses (Terzaghi Dam and Carpenter Lake Reservoir) and Seton Dam and Powerhouse (Seton Lake).

Construction started in 2015, and is scheduled to complete in 2019.

We're planning more than 100 major projects in the system, including:

  • Generating unit upgrades at Bridge 2
  • Slope drainage improvements

Our Bridge River facilities are between 55 and 70 years old, and need to be updated.

The electricity generated on the system accounts for about 6% of BC Hydro's total generation. These facilities are capable of generating 550 MW of power but are currently restricted to less than 455 MW.

We're spending almost $700 million on facilities that are 55 to 70 years-old. This includes a number of projects in the region.