FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – BC Hydro says more penstock deliveries are coming next week, and various worksites are being shut down for the winter season as Site C Dam construction continues.
According to the latest Construction Bulletin, penstocks will be delivered from the manufacturing facility in Fort St. John to the dam site on Monday, November 15th and Thursday, November 18th. Due to the size of the apparatus, BC Hydro expects minor traffic delays along Old Fort Road.
Deliveries are expected to take place overnight to limit the impact on traffic. They will take about two hours to deliver, and delays may last between 10 and 35 minutes.
At the dam site, workers have begun installing steel piles that extend the foundation further into the bedrock as part of the right bank foundation enhancements.
Turbines and generators continue to be delivered to the site for storage and installation. The remaining four turbine runners are expected to land at Prince Rupert in the middle of November, and they will make it to the site in early 2022.
Most work on the Highway 29 realignment is shutting down for the winter. At Cache Creek East, highway grade construction has wrapped up, but steel bridge girders and bridge foundation installation will continue to be delivered and assembled.
In the reservoir area, logging activities continue with the help of boats and helicopters. Timber that is suitable for resale is being hauled to local mills in Chetwynd, Fort St. John and Dawson Creek.
Conductor stringing is shut down until the end of November when the transmission line contractor will mobilize the site to continue stringing conductors.
Based on the latest employment statistics, there were 4,963 total workers on Site C in September.