Mica Generating Station Units 5 and 6
February 21st, 2011
Category: Our System & Facilities
BC Hydro is reinvesting in the Mica Generating Station to ensure British Columbians continue to have electricity they need during peak times of demand.
Originally designed as a six-unit facility, the installation of generating Units 5 and 6 were deferred. Currently, Mica’s four generating units produce a maximum capacity of 1,805 megawatts (MW). Now that additional capacity is needed, BC Hydro will install the two additional units. Each will add approximately 500 MW of new and dependable generating capacity - enough power for 80,000 homes during peak demand.
Mica Generating Station is located on the Columbia River 135 kilometres north of Revelstoke and represents about 15 per cent of BC Hydro’s capacity to produce electricity.
Construction will begin in spring 2011. Unit 5 is anticipated to be in-service by October 2014 and Unit 6 is targeted to be online in 2015.
BENEFITS AND OPPORTUNITIES
The project is expected to create 800 person-years of direct employment. Workers will be housed at BC Hydro’s Mica Creek camp.
BC Hydro and its contractors are committed to local hiring and in the first year, a number of skilled tradespeople will be hired, including carpenters, cement masons, ironworkers and electricians. Significant First Nations procurement opportunities are anticipated throughout the project.
In 2009, BC Hydro allocated $60,000 to help fund trades training programs in
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