Revelstoke Unit 6 Project
We are pursuing regulatory approvals for Revelstoke Unit 6. The provincial Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) has completed their review of the project under the B.C. Environmental Assessment Act. On August 29, 2018, the EAO referred our application to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy and the Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resources Operations and Rural Development for a decision.
We are planning to install the sixth generating unit into an empty bay at Revelstoke Generating Station by 2026. We are pursuing regulatory approvals now in case we need Revelstoke Unit 6 sooner.
Revelstoke Unit 6 will add approximately 500 megawatts of capacity to BC Hydro's system and provide a significant amount of electricity when our customers need it most – during dark cold winter days when furnaces, appliances and lights are all in use.
For BC Hydro's transmission system to accommodate the sixth generation unit at the Revelstoke Dam, the existing transmission system must be reinforced with a new series capacitor station. This station will maintain voltage levels in the transmission line, achieve greater system stability, and improve electrical system efficiency.
Revelstoke Dam and Generating Station are located on the Columbia River, 5 kilometers upstream from the City of Revelstoke. The facilities are part of BC Hydro's Columbia system with Revelstoke Reservoir and Mica Dam located upstream and the Hugh L. Keenleyside Dam and Arrow Lakes Reservoir downstream.
We are planning to build the new series capacitor station on BC Hydro property approximately 19 kilometres west of Summerland.
Construction of Unit 6 is expected to create over 400 person years of temporary employment and generate local spending of about $45 million for goods, materials and services.
Project workers will be hired through the Columbia Hydro Constructors agreement that has provisions for local and equity hire.
|Environmental Assessment||Minister decision by October 2018|
The Revelstoke Unit 6 Project is a low impact project. Revelstoke dam was designed and constructed to hold six units so installing the unit does not involve any significant change to Revelstoke Dam. Further, construction activities would be within the existing facility's footprint.
We worked closely with Indigenous groups on the environmental assessment application for the project and we continue to engage with Indigenous groups, government and community members. We convened a core committee that met from November 2013 until December 2016 to ensure a diverse range of perspectives were considered.