Hydroelectric Plants in Quebec B-J
Beauharnois
Location: QC
Operator: Hydro-Quebec
Configuration: 38 units, 1,911 MW
Operation: 1932-1984
T/G supplier: DEW, ACC, EE, CGE, Oerlikon, WHC
EPC: Montreal Engineering, Beauharnois Consturction Co
Quick facts: Beauharnois is 40km southwest of Montreal on the St Lawrence Seaway. The powerhouse is almost 1km long and was completed in three phases operating from 1932, 1950, and 1959, respectively. Main construction was started by Beauharnois Light, Heat and Power Co in 1930 and went on to 1961. Montreal Light, Heat & Power bought Beauharnois Light, Heat & Power in 1933. The company was nationalized in 1944 creating Quebec Hydroelectric Commission. Main construction was completed in 1961 and, at times, Beauharnois was the largest hydroelectric plant in the world and still has the largest number of T/G sets in any single hydro plant. Underwater civil and mechanical works were rehabilitated beginning in 1995.

Photograph courtesy of Hydro-Quebec
Posted 29 May 2010

Beaumont
Location: QC
Operator: Hydro-Quebec
Configuration: 6 X 41 MW Francis
Operation: 1958-1959
T/G supplier: Allis Chalmers Canada, CGE
Quick facts: On the Saint-Maurice River.

Photograph courtesy of Hydro-Quebec
Re-posted 30 May 2010

Bersimis-2
Location: QC
Operator: Hydro-Quebec
Configuration: 5 X 73.8 MW Francis
Operation: 1958-1959
T/G supplier: DEW, CGE
Quick facts: Bersimis-2 GS is on the Betsiamites River, in Lac-au-Brochet, 66km north of Forestville. Construction started in 1956 and the power station was commissioned in 1959 with an initial rating of 655 MW.

Photograph courtesy of Hydro-Quebec
Posted 30 May 2010

Brisay
Location: QC
Operator: Hydro-Quebec
Configuration: 2 X 234.5 MW Kaplan
Operation: 1993
T/G supplier: CGE
Quick facts: Brisay is part of the James Bay Project and is sited at the Caniapiscau Reservoir.

Photograph courtesy of Hydro-Quebec
Posted 29 May 2011

Bryson
Location: QC
Operator: Hydro-Quebec
Configuration: 2 X 18 MW Francis, 1 X 25 MW propeller
Operation: 1925-1981
T/G supplier: AEI, SMS, DEW, WHC, CGE
Quick facts: Bryson is on the Ottawa River at the Calumet Chutes. The plant was originally built by Gatineau Power Co. Both the civil works and electromechanical equipment have been overhauled and upgraded.

Photograph courtesy of Hydro-Quebec
Posted 30 May 2011

Carillon
Location: QC
Operator: Hydro-Quebec
Configuration: 14 X 27 MW Kaplan
Operation: 1962-1964
T/G supplier: DEW, CGE

Photograph courtesy of Hydro-Quebec
Posted 29 Jun 2003
Les Cèdres
Location: QC
Operator: Hydro-Quebec
Configuration: 18 X 9 MW Francis
Operation: 1925-1981
T/G supplier: IPM, WSM, DEW, CGE
Quick facts: This plant is on the St Lawrence in Montérégie region. It was built by Montreal Light, Heat and Power and sold power to Pittsburgh Aluminum Co (later Alcoa) via a 120kV line to Massena NY. With an expansion in 1925, Lee Cèdres became one of the world largest hydro power plants.

Photograph courtesy of Hydro-Quebec
Posted 30 May 2011

Chelsea
Location: QC
Operator: Hydro-Quebec
Configuration: 5 X 30.4 MW Francis
Operation: 1927-1939
T/G supplier: DEW, GE, WHC
Quick facts: Chelsea is on the Gatineau River. In 1988, GE Energy developed a new runner to replace equipment on the original low-head machines, which were installed in a semi-spiral casing.

Photograph courtesy of Hydro-Quebec
Posted 5 Jun 2011

Chute-Allard
Location: QC
Operator: Hydro-Quebec
Configuration: 5 X 10.3 MW Saxo
Operation: 2008-2009
T/G supplier: Litostroj, Electric Machinery
EPC: Hydro-Quebec, Groupe RSW Inc
Quick facts: The Chute-Allard and Rapides-des-Coeurs plants are in the Saint-Maurice basin about 100km north of La Turque.

Photograph courtesy of Hydro-Quebec
Posted 28 Mar 2010

Chute-à-Caron
Location: QC
Operator: Rio Tinto Alcan
Configuration: 4 X 55.5-MW Francis
Operation: 1931-1934
T/G supplier: SMS, WHC
EPC: Alcoa Power Corp
Quick facts: Chute-à-Caron is 34k donwstream of Isle-Maligne HPP on on the Saguenay River.

Photograph by drmarcdupuis (Panoramio)
Posted 5 Oct 2014

Chutes-de-la-Chaudière
Location: QC
Operator: Innergex Group
Configuration: 2 X 12 MW bulb
Operation: 1999
T/G supplier: Alstom
Quick facts: This site is in Parc des Chutes-de-la-Chaudière at the southern tip of the Pierre-Laporte Bridge, near the town of Lévis. It was originally used for a a 3.5-MW HPP commissioned in 1901. In 1970, ice flows demolished part of the dam ad the original HPP was decommissioned. In 1993, Innergex was selected to redevelop the site and the new project commissioned in summer 1999. Annual production is about 115 GWh.

Photograph courtesy of Innergex
Posted 12 Mar 2014

Chute-du Diable
Location: QC
Operator: Rio Tinto Alcan
Configuration: 5 X 44.8-MW Francis
Operation: 1953
T/G supplier: ACC, WHC
EPC: Alcan, Fraser-Brace Engineering Co Ltd
Quick facts: This HPP is 16km donwstream of Chute-à-la-Savane HPP on the Peribonka River. The project completed in Dec 1952 and commissioned on 13 Jan 1953.

Photograph courtesy of Rio Tinto Alcan
Posted 5 Oct 2014

Chute-Hemmings
Location: QC
Operator: Hydro-Quebec
Configuration: 6 X 4.8 MW Francis
Operation: 1925
T/G supplier: DEW, CGE
Quick facts: Southern Canada Power started construction of the Hemmings Falls power station in 1920. It later became part of Power Corp of Canada.

Photograph by Joanne Boisvert and courtesy of CCDMD
Posted 11 Jun 2006
Chute-des-Passes
Location: QC
Operator: Rio Tinto Alcan
Configuration: 4 X 167-MW Francis
Operation: 1959
T/G supplier: EE, CGE
EPC: H G Acres, Consortium Perini-McNamara-Quémont
Quick facts:  In Dec 1956, Alcan began construction of this power station located 152m belowground. It was completed in 3yrs. About 3,000 workers were employed on the project, many living in a temporary town erected near the site. Water flow is via a 9.3km long, 10.7m diameter diversion tunnel from the Passes-Dangereuses Reservoir on the Peribonka.

Photograph courtesy of Rio Tinto Alcan
Posted 5 Oct 2014

Chute-à-la-Savane
Location: QC
Operator: Rio Tinto Alcan
Configuration: 5 X 49-MW Francis
Operation: 1953
T/G supplier: DEW, CGE
EPC: Alcan, Pentagon Construction
Quick facts: This HPP is on the Peribonka River.

Photograph courtesy of Rio Tinto Alcan
Posted 5 Oct 2014

Cote Ste-Catherine
Location: QC
Operator: Algonquin Power Corp
Configuration: 4 X 530 kW, 6 X 1.6 MW Semi-Kaplan
Operation: 1989-1996
T/G supplier: Flygt, Kvaerner
EPC: Lafarge
Quick facts: This facility is located on a bypass canal at the Côte Ste-Catherine lock of the Lachine section of the St Lawrence Seaway. The canal was constructed in 1958. The power station was built in three phases, the first of which has a 20yr PPA with Hydro-Quebec. The other two phases have 25yr PPAs.

Photograph courtesy of Hydromega Services Inc
Posted 15 Oct 2006

Drummondville
Location: QC
Operator: Hydro-Quebec
Configuration: 2 X 3.1 MW, Francis 2 X 4.8 MW propeller
Operation: 1910-1925
T/G supplier: CGE, DEW, WHC
Quick facts: This plant was rehabilitated in 1994.

Photograph courtesy of Hydro-Quebec
Posted 5 Jun 2011

Eastmain-1
Location: QC
Operator: Hydro-Quebec
Configuration: 3 X 160 MW Francis
Operation: 2007
T/G supplier: Alstom
EPC: Hydro-Quebec, Aecon Group, Neilson
Quick facts: The Eastmain-1 reservoir on the Eastmain River will be 35km long with a total area of 603km². Water from the reservoir will pass through the Eastmain-1 powerhouse and return to the river to flow into Opinaca Reservoir and then into Robert-Bourassa Reservoir. The same water will therefore be used at three generating stations: Eastmain-1, Robert-Bourassa (La Grande-2A), and La Grande-1, before flowing into James Bay.

Photograph courtesy of Hydro-Quebec
Posted 10 Jun 2006

Eastmain-1A
Location: QC
Operator: Hydro-Quebec
Configuration: 3 X 256 MW Francis
Operation: 2011
T/G supplier: Voith, Siemens
EPC: SNC, Neilson Inc
Quick facts: Eastmain-1A is 700m east of Eastmain-1 and uses additional water diverted from the Rupert River. The first unit at Eastman-1A commissioned on 9 Jun 2011.

Photograph courtesy of Hydro-Quebec
Posted 3 Dec 2011

Frontenac
Location: QC
Operator: Hydro-Sherbrooke
Configuration: 2 X 800 kW Francis
Operation: 1917
T/G supplier: Boving, CGE
Quick facts: In 1963, the Quebecois government nationalized the provincial power systems, although municipalities were allowed to manage their own networks. Hydro-Sherbrooke is the largest municipal power company in Quebec. This footbridge runs along the Magog River.

Photograph by Marcel Labonte and courtesy of CCDMD
Posted 11 Jun 2006

Grand-Mère
Location: QC
Operator: Hydro-Quebec
Configuration: 150 MW, nine Francis turbines
Operation: 1915-1924 (ret)
T/G supplier: IPM, DEW, WHC
Quick facts: This plant on the St-Maurice River was one of the largest in Quebec when completed. A replacement plant was built adjacent to the old plant, whcih retired in 2004.

Photograph courtesy of Hydro-Quebec
Posted 5 Jun 2011

Hart-Jaune
Location: QC
Operator: Hydro-Quebec
Configuration: 3 X 17 MW Francis
Operation: 1960
T/G supplier: EE, WHC
Quick facts: This plant is on the Hart-Jaune River in Quebec's Côte-Nord region. It was originally developed as Fifty Foot Falls by Quebec Cartier Mining Co to support development of the Lac-Jeannine iron ore deposit at Mont-Wright.

Photograph courtesy of Hydro-Quebec
Posted 5 Jun 2011

Île Maligne
Location: QC
Operator: Rio Tinto Alcan
Configuration: 12 X 37-MW Francis
Operation: 1953
T/G supplier: ACC, WHC
EPC: Duke-Price Power Co
Quick facts: After 2yrs of construction the first unit at this HPP in Alma prduced its first electricityon 24 Apr 1925. Seven more machines completed that year along with an HV line to to the Arvida aluminum plant, across from Chicoutimi, and another to Quebec City. At 402 MW, Île Maligne on Rivière Grande-Décharge was reputed to be the largest power plant in the world at year-end 1925.

Photograph courtesy of Rio Tinto Alcan
Posted 5 Oct 2014

Jonquiere Rebuild
Location: QC
Operator: Jonquiere Electric Service
Configuration: 2 X 2 MW
Operation: 1996
T/G supplier: ??
Quick facts: This site was first developed with a minihydro plant in 1916 by La Cie Price Ltee. The municipality of Jonquiere acquired the plant and overhauled it several times. Finally, major floods in 1996 ruined the plant and required a complete rebuild.

Photograph by Carol Dufour and courtesy of CCDMD
Posted 11 Jun 2006

Abbreviations

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

Updated 05-Oct-2014

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