Hydroelectric Plants in Canada - Alberta
Belly River
Location: AB
Operator: Canadian Hydro Developers Inc
Configuration: 1 X 3 MW Francis
Operation: 1991
T/G supplier: Hydroelec
Quick facts: Belly River was commissioned in Apr 1991 and was CHD's first hydro project. It is adjacent to the Belly River Inlet Chute near Glenwood, Alberta and generates electricity by diverting a portion of the flow from the Waterton-Belly Diversion Canal.

Photograph courtesy of Canadian Hydro Developers Inc
Posted 20 Oct 2007

Chin Reservoir
Location: AB
Operator: Irrican Power
Configuration: 1 X 13 MW Francis
Operation: 1994
T/G supplier: Litostroj
Quick facts: Irrican Power is a partnership of the Raymond Irrigation District, St Mary River Irrigation District (SMRID) and Taber Irrigation District. Water is conveyed in the SMRID main canal down Chin Chute is diverted through a penstock and powerhouse and then out to Chin Reservoir.

Photograph courtesy of Irrican Power
Posted 19 Nov 2008

Horseshoe
Location: AB
Operator: TransAlta Generation Ltd
Configuration: 4 X 4.5 MW Francis
Operation: 1911-1914
T/G supplier: Newport News, KMW
EPC: Smith, Kerry & Chace, Walker-Fyshe Co
Quick facts: Horseshoe and Kananaskis are two of the four TransAlta hydro plants on the Bow Mainstream System and are located in Kananaskis in the Rocky Mountains area west of Calgary. Horseshoe was built by Calgary Power, TransAlta since 1981, and started-up on 21 May 1911. Three horizontal Francis turbines were online initially, the fourth was added 3yrs later. In 1929, a 55kV transmission line was built to serve southern Alberta. Major overhauls were done from 2008-2010 and the plant is able to operate at full capacity when water conditions permit.

Photograph courtesy of TransAlta Corp
Posted 17 Jul 2011

Kananaskis
Location: AB
Operator: TransAlta Generation Ltd
Configuration: 2 X 3.4 MW Francis, 1 X 9.5 MW propeller
Operation: 1913-1951
T/G supplier: ACC, DEW, CGE, WHC
EPC: Smith, Kerry & Chace, Walker-Fyshe Co
Quick facts: Kananaskis was TransAlta's second power plant. It was expanded in 1951 and modified again in 1994. The Plant generates an average of 93 GWh/yr. The Kananaskis River was named by Captain John Palliser.

Photograph courtesy of TransAlta Corp
Posted 17 Jul 2011

Mamquam
Location: AB
Operator: Epcor Power Ltd
Configuration: 2 X 25 MW Francis
Operation: 1996
T/G supplier: Dongfang
EPC: Acres, Kiewit
Quick facts: Developer Northern Utilities constructed this run-of-the-river hydroelectric project on a $48mn design-build contract. Design elements include a powerhouse, penstock and intake facilities, a rubber weir, radial gate structure, intake structure and sedimentation sluiceway. The project was built in less than 30mos. A TBM was used for a 2.6km, 4.1m diameter lower tunnel. Crews also built a 427m, 3.66m diameter D-shaped upper tunnel and a 152m, 3.35m diameter raise bore, vertical shaft to connect the upper and lower tunnels. The plant ties to the grid at 69kV.

Photograph courtesy of Kiewit Corp
Posted 11 Apr 2009

Oldman River
Location: AB
Operator: ATCO Power
Configuration: 2 X 16 MW Francis
Operation: 2003
T/G supplier: VA TECH, GE
Quick facts: In Jan 1999, ATCO Power was selected by Alberta Environment to develop this project at an existing dam site near Pincher Creek. This run-of-river project includes two turbines at the outlet of the existing east water diversion tunnel, a new switchyard, an a 6.6km, 138kV tie-line to the Pincher Creek substation. The existing dam and reservoir was built between 1989 and 1992 and generation is provided predominantly between May to September when water flow is greatest. The plant is operated remotely. In Jul 2007, the Piikani Nation exercised their option to purchase a 25% interest in the project.

Photograph courtesy of ATCO Power
Posted 8 May 2010

Raymond Reservoir
Location: AB
Operator: Irrican Power
Configuration: 1 X 21 MW Kaplan
Operation: 1994
T/G supplier: Litostroj
Quick facts: This generator is on the south shore of Raymond Reservoir and is supplied by a diversion canal constructed upstream of Milk River Ridge Reservoir. The plant will operate during the typical irrigation season from April to October. The project includes a 1.5km supply canal, an intake structure, a 770m, 4m diameter steel penstock, and a powerhouse. Power is stepped up to 69 kV by the transformer adjacent to the powerhouse. The Raymond power plant is designed for automatic operation.

Photograph courtesy of Irrican Power
Posted 19 Nov 2008

Spray
Location: AB
Operator: TransAlta Generation Ltd
Configuration: 2 X 51.5 MW Francis
Operation: 1951-1960
T/G supplier: DEW, WHC
Quick facts: The Spray HPP near Canmore is one of three TransAlta plants on the Spray system, which is part of the Bow River Electric System in Alberta. The plant uses the Spray Lakes storage reservoir which is created by the Canyon Dam, to the south, and the Three Sister Dam, to the north. Average production is 210 GWh/yr. In Q2, 2013, ANdritz was contracted to modernize the plant electromechanical equipment.

Photograph courtesy of Andritz
Posted 16 Mar 2014

St Mary
Location: AB
Operator: Canadian Hydro Developers Inc
Configuration: 1 X 2.4 MW Francis
Operation: 1992
T/G supplier: Neyrpic, Kato
Quick facts: This powerhouse is at the base of the St Mary Dam and uses water from the reservoir rerouted through a diversion tunnel that flows into the St Mary River.

Photograph courtesy of Canadian Hydro Developers Inc
Posted 20 Oct 2007

 
Taylor Chute
Location: AB
Operator: Canadian Hydro Developers Inc
Configuration: 1 X 12.7 MW Kaplan
Operation: 2000
T/G supplier: Sulzer, GE
Quick facts: The plant operates during the April-October irrigation season by diverting a portion of the flow from an adjacent irrigation canal.

Photograph courtesy of Canadian Hydro Developers Inc
Posted 7 Aug 2005

Waterton
Location: AB
Operator: Canadian Hydro Developers Inc
Configuration: 1 X 2.8 MW Francis
Operation: 1992
T/G supplier: Neyrpic, Kato
Quick facts: The Alberta Government constructed the Waterton Reservoir in the early 1960s to meet irrigation demands in Southern Alberta. This run-of river unit uses the Waterton River as it flows from the reservoir.

Photograph courtesy of Canadian Hydro Developers Inc
Posted 20 Oct 2007

Abbreviations

Data: industcards, Platts UDI World Electric Power Plants Data Base

Updated 16-Mar-2014

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