Site C penstock deliveries to resume

BC Hydro says it will resume penstock deliveries to Site C starting Thursday night.

The overnight deliveries will happen on Old Fort Road, and drivers should expect delays from 10 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.

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Deliveries were suspended in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and when construction was scaled back on the Site C spillways and powerhouse.

The six penstocks for Site C are being fabricated by by Le Groupe LAR in Fort St. John. 

The pipes measure 80 metres long and are 10 metres high, and will channel the Peace River through to the turbines that will produce power when the dam is put into operation.

The steel for the penstocks was manufactured in Hamilton and sent to a LAR workshop in Quebec to be cut and shaped before being shipped by rail to Fort St. John.

In Fort St. John, the pieces are being assembled into 14 separate segments that will make up each penstock. Those segments will delivered to the dam site to be installed as they are completed.

Deliveries will continue through to June 2021.

Site C power station construction, June 24, 2020. - Matt Preprost

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