Project Status Dashboard

To report on project status, BC Hydro uses a dashboard system where key Site C project areas are classified as red (at risk), amber (moderate issues) or green (on target). This dashboard is updated quarterly.

Project dashboard

As of December 31, 2021

On target On target                    Moderate issues                 At risk At risk

Overall project health Moderate issues

As of December 31, 2021, overall Project health remained “amber.” The revised budget and schedule were approved in June 2021 and address significant cost pressures and delays faced by the Project due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for right bank foundation enhancements, and other cost pressures being managed by the Project prior to COVID-19.

The Project is more than 55 per cent complete; however, there are still potential significant risks remaining. BC Hydro continues to review, assess, manage and monitor significant potential risks to the Project. 

The Technical Advisory Board and independent experts continued to review and confirm that BC Hydro’s foundation enhancements solution is appropriate and sound, and will make the right bank structures safe and serviceable over the long operating life of Site C.

Safety Moderate issues

Management of COVID-19 on the Project was a continued health and safety focus during 2021, with 328 confirmed cases over the course of the year. The Project worked through two outbreaks (June and August 2021) with Northern Health. Rapid testing capability was implemented in late September 2021 and was used for case and contact management. In anticipation of the potential impacts from the more transmissible Omicron variant for workers returning in January 2022, BC Hydro extended rapid testing as a screening method for local and camp workers, in addition to mandatory proof of vaccination.

BC Hydro’s proof of vaccination policy announced in October 2021 came into effect on January 10, 2022. By December 31, 2021, the onsite medical clinic had administered more than 4,500 vaccinations and continues to offer booster shots.

Extreme weather events were a safety issue in 2021, with a heat dome in the summer and extreme cold in December 2021 and January 2022. Contractors implemented their heat and cold management plans to keep workers safe.

Safety performance in 2021 (all contractors, all work sites) was consistent with 2020 results, with 1,055 safety incidents in total including near misses. To encourage active learning, 129 safety incident reviews were held, including reviews for 25 incidents classified as serious. Safety trends in 2021 were hot work, confined space, scaffolding and guardrails, working at heights and object falls from height.

Scope Moderate issues

Scope remained “amber” as of December 31, 2021. Provisions are included in the Project plans for potential scope adjustments for site conditions and interfaces. As construction progresses, there remains a risk of design changes due to unknown field conditions. The design, value engineering and constructability reviews for the right bank foundation enhancements continue to be finalized. The Technical Advisory Board and independent experts have confirmed that BC Hydro’s right bank foundation enhancements solution is appropriate and sound and will make the right bank structures safe and serviceable over the long operating life of Site C; they will continue to review the designs as they are finalized.

Schedule Moderate issues

Schedule remained “amber” as of December 31, 2021. The Project is currently on schedule to achieve the approved 2025 in service date; however, as the Project is more than 55 per cent complete, a significant amount of work and potential schedule risks remain. BC Hydro is actively reviewing, assessing, mitigating, and managing these remaining risks. BC Hydro and Site C contractors continue to schedule work and explore strategies to accelerate work delayed by COVID-19. If successful, this will result in lowering the schedule risk and could result in an earlier in-service date; however, achieving an earlier in service date remains subject to uncertainty and to the risks summarized in this report.

Cost Moderate issues

Cost remained “amber” as of December 31, 2021. The revised budget addresses cost pressures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for foundation enhancements on the right bank, and other cost pressures the Project was managing prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Significant potential cost risks remain, including the continuation of the COVID-19 pandemic, commercial negotiations with contractors, design changes due to unknown field conditions, the availability of skilled craft workers and obtaining remaining authorizations for the completion of the Project. As of December 31, 2021, the life-to-date actual costs are $8.4 billion, which results in an estimated $7.6 billion of remaining costs.