Bridge River system upgrades
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 $400 million between 2015 and 2019 to re-power our Bridge River facilities.