Ontario Power Generation completes fix of hydro project

Ontario Power Generation said Feb. 7 that its Matabitchuan Generating Station is back in service after the successful completion of a C$24m investment project.

“I’m pleased that OPG completed this $24 million project safely, on time and on budget,” said Frank Chiarotto, OPG’s Senior Vice-President of Hydro-Thermal. “Investing in a 100-year old asset ensures Ontario will continue to receive the benefits of this source of clean and renewable hydroelectric power.”

The project consisted of replacing two original steel penstocks with one partially buried penstock. The penstock is a large pipe measuring 1.5 meters in diameter. It carries water from Four Bass Lake, 380 meters away, allowing the Matabitchuan GS to produce reliable hydroelectricity. Extensive work was also done to the concrete structure where water enters the penstock, including installation of a new gate that controls water flow into the station.

OPG said it also took advantage of the construction outage to complete maintenance work inside the station, avoiding a second outage at a later date. OPG’s contractor – Barclay Construction – began work in March 2012 and completed construction in December.

Located near North Cobalt, Ontario, the 10-MW Matabitchuan GS has been providing clean, renewable hydroelectricity to the people of Ontario since 1910.

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