Project Status Dashboard

To report on project status, we use 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 September 30, 2022

On target On target                    Moderate issues                 At risk At risk

Overall project health

Moderate issues

As of September 30, 2022, overall Project health remained “amber.” The Project is more than 70% complete and work continues to advance; however, there are still potential risks remaining. BC Hydro continues to review, assess, mitigate, manage and monitor 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

Safety remained “amber” as of September 30, 2022. During the reporting period, BC Hydro continued a very active 2022 construction season, with multiple active work fronts and contractors across the site. As a result, the number of safety and security incidents is higher.

When corrected for work hours, the serious incident frequency (serious injuries and near misses) is higher, as expected. Lost time injury frequency remains consistent, reflecting strong return to work programs. And, all injury frequency is down reflecting a drop in non-serious injuries for the past rolling 12-months.

COVID-19 cases at site remained stable and are being closely monitored. BC Hydro suspended its mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy in late September 2022, which has eased some resourcing challenges.

Scope

Moderate issues

Scope status remained “amber” as of September 30, 2022. 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.

 

Schedule

Moderate issues

Schedule status remained “amber” as of September 30, 2022. The Project is currently on schedule to achieve the approved 2025 in-service date and is approximately 70% complete; however, a significant amount of work and potential schedule risks remain. BC Hydro and Site Ccontractors have agreed to revised schedules, which recover certain schedule delays due to COVID-19 and provides three potential schedule scenarios for tunnel conversion and reservoir fill including the potential for an earlier in-service date. All potential schedule scenarios include risks and uncertainty and the scenario that could potentially result in an earlier in-service date includes a higher level of uncertainty and risk.

Cost

Moderate issues

Cost status remained “amber” as of September 30, 2022. Potential cost risks remain, as detailed in this report.

As of September 30, 2022, the life-to-date actual costs are $9.9 billion, which results in an estimated $6.1 billion of remaining costs.

Quality

On Target

The quality rating for the Project remained “green” as of September 30, 2022, indicating that the work generally conforms to the requirements of the drawings and specifications. When quality issues are identified, BC Hydro works with the responsible contractor to rectify them in a timely manner. 

The Technical Advisory Board and independent international dam experts continued to review and confirm that the Project designs are appropriate, safe and serviceable over the long operating life of Site C.

Regulatory, Permits and Tenures

On Target

The regulatory, permits and tenures indicator status remained “green” as of September 30, 2022.

Overall, BC Hydro continues to be issued permits and authorizations in accordance with construction timelines. As of September 30, 2022, 593 of the estimated 646 provincial and federal permits required for the Project have been received and are actively being managed. 

Environment

Moderate issues

The Project environment status remained “amber” as of September 30, 2022, due to the unresolved April 2022 potentially-acid generating rock Environmental Assessment Office Order and a warning letter received on September 26, 2022.

BC Hydro and the Environmental Assessment Office are working together on amendments to the Site C Construction Environmental Management Plan, which are expected to clarify that the current approaches to managing potentially acid-generating rock provide adequate environmental protection. During the quarter, BC Hydro provided the Environmental Assessment Office with an independent third-party expert opinion supporting BC Hydro’s approach to managing potentially acid-generating rock and confirming that the modifications to the Construction Environmental Management Plan do not reduce environmental protections. Concurrently, BC Hydro is developing final treatment plans for potentially acid-generating sites that will not be addressed through dam construction or the creation of the reservoir.

An inspection by the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada was completed between June 13 to 16, 2022 but its draft inspection report was not issued during the reporting period.

Procurement

Moderate issues

The procurement indicator status remained “amber” as of September 30, 2022, due to the remaining right bank foundation enhancements procurements that still need to be negotiated. In addition, there remains risk with procurement of replacement penstock couplers.

The majority of the commercial agreements will be established by the end of 2022 with a few commercial agreements for the smaller scopes of work to be established by spring 2023.

Indigenous Relations

Moderate issues

BC Hydro has a mandate from the Government of British Columbia to reach project or impact benefits agreements with the 10 First Nations that are most impacted by Site C. Eight of 10 agreements are fully executed and in implementation. BC Hydro has a standing offer to negotiate with the remaining two First Nations that have not signed agreements related to the Site C Project. BC Hydro also maintains a working relationship with those Nations through operational consultation and engagement.

Consultation is ongoing with impacted First Nations regarding options and site-specific plans for managing identified burial and cultural sites impacted by reservoir filling, in particular in the Halfway River and Cache Creek Bear Flats areas.

Stakeholder Engagement

On Target

The stakeholder engagement indicator status remained “green” as of September 30, 2022.

BC Hydro continues to work with the communities, regional district and stakeholder groups on the implementation of various community agreements. Significant engagement occurred with residents and elected officials from the community of Old Fort and the District of Hudson’s Hope. BC Hydro also held one community open house with residents of Old Fort during this period.