British Columbia run-of-river hydro project 80 percent complete

GE Energy Financial Services, a unit of GE, and Plutonic Power Corporation, announced that the 196 MW East Toba River and Montrose Creek hydroelectric project in British Columbia is more than 80 percent complete.

The C$660 million (US$632.1 million) 196-MW East Toba River and Montrose Creek Hydroelectric Project is located 190 kilometers northwest of Vancouver at the headwaters of the Toba Inlet.

The GE-Plutonic partnership has nearly completed installation of generators and turbines at the facility, and a new electrical substation at Saltery Bay, which will be used to transfer power to British Columbia’s electricity grid, has been energized.

The run-of-river hydro project is expected to be fully operational by the fourth quarter of this year, with the potential to power approximately 75,000 homes and displace an estimated 455,000 tons of greenhouse gases annually.

Since construction began in July 2007, more than 600 construction jobs have been created, with additional permanent jobs for operations and ongoing seasonal maintenance requirements.

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