In early 2014, BC Hydro awarded SNC-Lavalin a contract to design, build, finance and maintain the John Hart Generating Station Replacement Project on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. The project will create a more reliable, environmentally friendly power station with an installed capacity of 132 MW. The new facility will replace the existing 126-MW station, which represents approximately 17 percent of the total generating capacity on the island.
Protecting the environment
The John Hart Generating Station Replacement Project will involve building a new underground tunnel and generating station, and see the removal of three penstocks and the existing station to reduce the site’s environmental footprint. Included in the project will also be a new water bypass facility to provide flow continuity below the generating station and protect the downstream fish habitat. Approximately 95 percent of the Campbell River flow passes through the John Hart Generating Station.