John Hart Generating Station Replacement

Project Details

TUTOR PERINI AFFILIATES

Frontier-Kemper Constructors, Inc.
Prime Contractor
Contract Amount: C$110 Million

OWNER
BC Hydro

LOCATION
Campbell River, BC, Canada

ARCHITECT
SNC Lavalin

SIZE
132 Megawatts
1.6 Kilometers Long Power Tunnel

COMPLETION
2017

Project Description

The Frontier-Kemper/ASL Joint Venture was formed to construct the underground workings of the John Hart Generating Station Replacement Project in Campbell River, British Columbia. Built in 1947 on the Campbell River, the existing 126-MW John Hart Generating Station represents approximately 17 percent of the total generating capacity on Vancouver Island. The replacement project will create a more reliable, seismically robust, and environmentally friendly facility with an increased installed capacity of 132 MW. SNC Lavalin has signed an agreement with BC Hydro to design, build, partially finance, and rehabilitate the John Hart Generating Station Replacement Facility.

The principle feature of the project is the Underground Powerhouse, where three Turbines totaling 132 Megawatts will be fed by an 8.1 meter x 8.1 meter, inverted, D-shaped, Power Tunnel 1.6 kilometers long, excavated with Drill-and-Blast methods. A series of adits and ramps will provide temporary and permanent access to the crown and service bay of the 23 meters x 39 meters x 93 meters Underground Powerhouse. A Drop Raise Shaft is foreseen in the Powerhouse, facilitating the spoils removal cycle while excavating the powerhouse benches. An Intake Shaft (6.5 meter-diameter x 60 meter-deep) excavated using Conventional Shaft Sinking methods will conduct water from the intake structure to the entrance of the Power Tunnel. A Shaft (4 meter-diameter by 109 meters-deep) excavated by a Raise Bore Machine will accommodate the upstream surge requirements of the system. A Tailrace Tunnel 6.5 meters x 10.7 meters excavated by top heading and bench using Drill-and-Blast methods will conduct water 550 meters from the Draft Tubes and Bypass Tunnels to the Tailrace Structure on the Campbell River.