The process to start reservoir filling on the Site C project will begin, on schedule, in 2024.
BC Hydro had been working on the option of starting reservoir filling this fall, one year earlier than scheduled. However, there are some critical work areas that still need to be completed before reservoir filling could begin, including the approach channel, spillway gates and powerhouse intake gates. With winter weather and colder conditions setting in, the window to safely begin reservoir filling was coming to a close. As a result, BC Hydro has made the prudent decision to stay on track with its current project schedule.
Work on the Site C project will continue to advance on schedule and be ready for filling to begin next fall. The project remains on-track to achieve first power in 2024, have all six generating units in-service by 2025, and be completed within the approved budget.
Construction on Site C began in July 2015 and the project is more than 80 per cent complete. Notable project areas already completed include the earthfill dam, Highway 29 realignment, two 500 kilovolt, 75-kilometre transmission lines, and a new substation. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the project was on schedule to be completed in 2024.