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PRINCE RUPERT, B.C. – The first two runners for the turbines at Site C have made their way to Prince Rupert from Sao Paulo, Brazil.

According to Greg Alexis with BC Hydro, the two runners will be part of the six runners for the Site C generating station. The runner is the rotating part of a turbine that works to convert the energy of falling water into mechanical energy and spins a generator to produce clean hydroelectric power.

The turbine runners are being manufactured in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and are then being shipped to Prince Rupert where they’ll be taken to the Site C project sometime in early 2021.

The runners for the turbines are the heaviest unassembled parts of the project. Each runner weighs around 170 tonnes and is around 26 feet wide and 17 feet tall.

The next two runners are expected to arrive in Spring 2021, and the final two should arrive in Summer 2021.

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