Waneta Expansion Project connects to BC Hydro grid

Caption: Waneta Hydro Project


The Waneta Expansion Limited Partnership (WELP) — a joint venture between Fortis Inc., Columbia Power Corporation and Columbia Basin Trust — has connected the 335-MW Waneta Expansion Project to  BC Hydro's electrical grid. The plant is in British Columbia, on the border between Canada and the U.S.

The expansion adds a second powerhouse, downstream of the Waneta Dam on the Pend-d’Oreille River, generating renewable, cost effective power from water that would otherwise be spilled.

During the designing, manufacturing, construction and commissioning, the project employed more than 1,400 people. Voith Hydro — a subcontractor to SNC Lavalin Inc. — began working on the project in October 2010. Voith Hydro supplied the turbine, generators, and various additional auxiliary systems for the plant’s equipment.  

The official opening presentation will be held in July 2015.

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