The turbine replacement project at the Gordon M. Shrum Generating Station next to the WAC Bennett Dam has moved into the stage two implementation phase.
The second stage includes shop fabrication of the first of five replacement turbines to be followed by site construction and installation.
The first unit is expected to be operational in 2012 and all five are slated to be in service by 2017.
The turbines are not the only aging equipment scheduled to be replaced at the station prior to that date, and some of the rehabilitation work has already been completed.
The GMS generating station is referred to by BC Hydro as the cornerstone of its system with the current nineteen sixties era turbines representing 12 per cent of its power production.
Using the same amount of water, the replacement units will improve turbine efficiency and capacity by annually providing an additional 177 gigawatt hours of energy.