Waneta Expansion Project
Trail, British Columbia
February 2010 – May 2015
This hydropower project, financed by Fortis BC, Columbia Power Corporation and Columbia Basin Trust, involved the construction of a second powerhouse downstream from the existing Waneta Dam and power station on the Pend d’Oreille River south of Trail, BC. The expansion shares the existing hydraulic head and generates power from water that would otherwise be spilled. The Project included design-build engineering and construction of the powerhouse and intakes, and the installation and commissioning of two Francis turbine units to generate 335 megawatts of power. Best Practices for safety and environment were incorporated into every element of the Project. Stakeholders, including First Nations and the local community, were consulted and involved extensively throughout Project implementation.
Hatfield’s responsibilities included preparing and implementing an approved Environmental Management Plan, Environmental Work Plans for a range of subject areas, and detailed Environmental Task Plans. Our work also included the development and presentation of an environmental training program for worker orientation and other Project-specific requirements. Training modules and workshops were provided for each Environmental Work Plan and special activity. As the environmental managers on the Project, Hatfield was responsible for regulatory compliance with applicable permits, licenses and approvals, as well as implementing stop work orders as required, emergency response and inspections, and environmental monitoring and reporting. Hatfield was also responsible for verifying compliance with environmental guidance documents and permits through routine surveillance and process audits as required by our corporate ISO9001:2008 quality management system.
Indicative of Hatfield’s successful performance as environmental manager on this Project, external audits found that over 1,800 workers received environmental training, there was a very high level of compliance with regulatory and Owners environmental requirements, and no major environmental incidents occurred over the life of the Project.