CHETWYND, B.C – BC Transportation is advising drivers of traffic delays on Highways 16, 97 and 29 as the second turbine runner is being delivered to Site C.

The delivery will take place overnight on provincial highways between Prince Rupert and Chetwynd from Jan. 27th to 30th.

The delays will take place during the following routes, depending on weather and road conditions:

Two turbines arrived in Prince Rupert from Brazil earlier this month. The first turbine was delivered on Jan .17.

The runners are the projects heaviest uninstalled component coming in at approximately 170 tonnes and measures around 26 feet (8 m) wide and 17 (5 m) feet tall.

According to BC Hydro spokesperson David Conway says the turbine acts as a fan or windmill in the dam.

“The runner is the rotating part of a turbine that converts the gravitational energy of falling water into mechanical energy, which then spins a generator to produce clean hydroelectric power. The runners are the heaviest unassembled single project components.”

There are six turbines in total needed on site. The turbines were manufactured in Sao Paulo, Brazil, by Voith Hydro after receiving a contract in 2016.