Sandy Falls Generating Station In Service, On Schedule

New facility will provide clean, renewable energy for 3,000 homes

TORONTO, Oct. 29 /CNW/ - Ontario Power Generation (OPG) announced today that the new 5.5 megawatt Sandy Falls Generating Station, located on the Mattagami River near Timmins, Ontario is now in service.

"This is a good example of OPG's project management capabilities. The project is on schedule because we did our homework before we started construction in 2008, and the project team constructed the facility according to plan," said John Murphy, OPG's Executive Vice-President Hydro.

Sandy Falls Generating Station is the first plant to be completed as part of OPG's larger Upper Mattagami and Hound Chute Project. The $300 million Upper Mattagami and Hound Chute Project includes redevelopment of the Sandy Falls, Wawaitin, and Lower Sturgeon sites on the upper Mattagami River, and the Hound Chute site on the Montreal River. The remaining three stations are expected to be brought on line over the coming months. 

"I'd also like to thank our neighbours and stakeholders in northeast Ontario for helping us reach this important project milestone," Murphy added.

In total the Upper Mattagami and Hound Chute Project employed 500 workers at peak including skilled trades, labourers, and engineers.  OPG's contractor, Kiewit Alarie Partnership, recently achieved a notable safety milestone, having worked one million hours without a lost time incident on the project.

The new Sandy Falls station replaced an existing station on the same site, built in 1911.  The new station is expected to produce over 30 million kilowatt-hours of clean, renewable energy every year, enough to power over 3,000 homes.

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