FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – It’s official: the Site C Dam has officially been under construction for one year.
According to a press release from the provincial government this morning, the 365-day milestone was reached last week. The release from both the Office of the Premier and the Ministry of Energy and Mines says that major progress has been made on the $8.8 billion megaproject, adding that the dam project is both on-schedule and on-budget.
Premier Christy Clark says this is a project that will benefit for years.
“Site C will provide British Columbia with a generational opportunity to secure a reliable source of clean, renewable and affordable electricity for the future, the construction of Site C is also providing economic benefits today — employing more than 1,000 B.C. workers, offering skills training opportunities for young workers, and providing opportunities for businesses of all sizes.”
The dam will provide the capacity to generate 1,100 megawatts of electricity, producing roughly 5,100 gigawatt hours of energy each year.
The latest employment numbers for the Site C project show that there were a total of 1,547 workers on the Site C project in May 2016, with 1,223 workers from British Columbia (79%).
MLA Mike Bernier says this is a project that is helping those while we are experiencing the economic downturn.
“In the northeast, the slowdown in the natural resource sector has been significant and the construction of Site C is providing employment and business opportunities at a time when it is really needed.”
Some other facts:
- Over 900 hectares of land has been cleared as part of site preparation work.
- To date, BC Hydro has signed contracts and made financial commitments of more than $4 billion.
- Approximately 2.5 million cubic metres of material has been excavated and relocated on the north bank of the dam site.