Canada’s 120-MW Brilliant Expansion begins operation

Project owners announced the 120-MW Brilliant Expansion hydroelectric project is on line and generating power in British Columbia.

Columbia Power Corp. and Columbia Basin Trust own the project, which is immediately downstream of the existing 145-MW Brilliant Dam, which the joint venture partners purchased in 1996. Construction of the new powerhouse began in 2003 near Castlegar.

Brilliant Expansion Consortium, formed by SNC-Lavalin, Chant Construction, and Skanska Civil Engineering AB, handled design-build work for the C$207 million (US$201 million) project. Alstom Canada provided turbine, generator, and control equipment. BC Hydro buys the project’s power. (HNN 7/28/06)

Columbia Power Corp. President Barry Chuddy commented Sept. 13 on the importance of Brilliant Expansion.

�The construction of this second powerhouse at Brilliant maximizes power production by utilizing water that would otherwise be spilled over the dam,� Chuddy said. �This will also reduce harmful dissolved gases in the water below the dam, which in turn helps reduce fish mortality and permits classification of the power generated as clean, green energy.�

Completion of Brilliant Expansion concludes the second of three major hydroelectric projects undertaken by the partners. The first project, 185-MW Arrow Lakes, was completed in 2002. (HNN 3/27/06) Planning is under way for the third project, 435-MW Waneta Expansion, near Trail. (HNN 9/21/06)

Columbia Basin Trust was formed by the Columbia Basin Trust Act to pass along economic benefits of Columbia Basin dams to areas adversely affected by those dams. Columbia Power Corp., a corporation owned and controlled by British Columbia, is the trust’s joint venture partner in basin power projects.

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