AltaGas Ltd. (TSX:ALA) on June 2, with a number of dignitaries in attendance, held the official naming and grand opening ceremony for its Forrest Kerr, Volcano Creek and McLymont Creek run-of-river hydroelectric facilities at the site of the facilities in northwest British Columbia.
Located in Tahltan First Nation territory, the 195-MW Forrest Kerr Hydroelectric Facility achieved its commercial operation date (COD) in October 2014. The 16-MW Volcano Creek Hydroelectric Facility achieved COD in December 2014. Both facilities were completed on time and on budget and are delivering clean power to BC Hydro‘s grid through their 287-kV Northwest Transmission Line.
The Forrest Kerr facility redirects a portion of the flow of the Iskut River through a tunnel to an underground powerhouse containing nine Francis turbines. Located on a tributary of the Iskut River, the Volcano Creek facility diverts a portion of the flow of Volcano Creek through a penstock (water pipeline) to move water to a surface powerhouse containing two Pelton turbines.
The 66-MW McLymont Creek Hydroelectric Facility is nearing completion and will be brought online later this year. The McLymont Creek project is located approximately 10 kilometers downstream from the Forrest Kerr facility, on a tributary of the Iskut River.