New station builds on proud history for clean future
TIMMINS, ON, May 26, 2011 /CNW/ - Ontario Power Generation (OPG)
celebrated 100 years of hydroelectric generation on the Mattagami River
during an open house today at the new Sandy Falls Generating Station.
"The Mattagami River is an important and valued resource for the City of
Timmins" stated Timmins Mayor Tom Laughren. "When I look back at the
history of our City, I can't help but to think about the important role
that the mighty Mattagami has played in our 100 year history. From the
beginning, this river has been a catalyst for economic development and
today, it continues to contribute significantly to the City's
Complementing Mayor Laughren's observations, OPG Executive Vice
President John Murphy noted that "the history and growth of Timmins is
very much connected to the history and growth of hydroelectricity in
this area." Murphy added that: "Our hydroelectric plants are one of
Ontario's great assets, year-after-year, decade-after-decade, they
consistently produce clean, low-cost and renewable electricity. And
they will continue to do so for many years to come. "
The lease to Sandy Falls was originally acquired in 1910 by the
Hollinger Syndicate, later incorporated as the Porcupine Power Company.
Construction of Sandy Falls GS started on January 20th, 1911. By June 1st of that year, two units were already providing electricity to the
Hollinger Mine in Timmins. A third unit was installed in 1916 which
brought the station capacity to 3 megawatts.
Now standing in the place of the original Sandy Falls GS is a new 5.5
megawatt generating station operated by OPG. Sandy Falls GS was the
first plant to be completed last year as part of OPG's larger Upper
Mattagami and Hound Chute Redevelopment Project. The $300 million
project included the redevelopment of the Sandy Falls, Wawaitin and
Lower Sturgeon sites on the Mattagami River, and the Hound Chute site
on the Montreal River. All four stations were returned to service on
time and on budget, providing 44 megawatts of clean, reliable
hydroelectricity to Ontario, more than doubling the original capacity,
while using the same amount of water.
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, achieved a notable safety
milestone, having worked one million hours without a lost time incident
on the project.
SOURCE Ontario Power Generation Inc.
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