BC Hydro updates on dam upgrades

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B.C. Hydro has released an update on the specific upgrades taking place at the W.A.C. Bennett Dam and adjoining Gordon M. Shrum Generating Station.

Some of the upgrades which are expected to be completed over the next several years include the Spillway Slope Stabilization Project, to ensure worker safety, and the Embankment Dam technology Improvements. These dam technology improvements will ensure the dam will sustain its structural integrity over several years.

Upgrades to the GMS will include the replacement of several turbines, as well as an increase in three unit’s capacity.

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The GMS upgrades are expected to cost around $500 million. The upgrades are part of B.C. Hydro’s $6 billion capital investment being spent on 10 projects across the province over the next several years.

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