Renewable Energy

Example Project: John Hart Generating Station Replacement Project

The John Hart Generating Station Replacement Project, located near the City of Campbell River, British Columbia and constructed in the 1940s, is being replaced to meet seismic and environmental standards. SNC-Lavalin signed the contract with BC Hydro in 2014 to construct an underground powerhouse with new equipment; replace and decommission three above-ground penstocks with a single 2.1 kilometre tunnel; construct a new water intake; construct a new water bypass facility; and decommission the old generating station. The project also includes remediation of contaminated soil to wildland standards.

Hatfield Consultants are the overall environmental managers for the design-build and decommisiong phases of the Project. We are providing the Environmental Director, the on-site Environmental Manager and Environmental Coordinator/Monitor, in addition to supplying a team of environmental subject area specialists. Our role includes ensuring regulations are met during all project phases. We have prepared a comprehensive Construction Environmental Management Plan and Environmental Work Plans, acquired environmental permits, licenses, approvals, and authorizations, and liaised with all relevant parties. We will also prepare the Commissioning Environmental Management Plan, Operations Environmental Management Plan, and ongoing Environmental Work Plans.

Our environmental monitoring includes continuously monitoring, managing, and analyzing water quality data in the John Hart Reservoir (the drinking water reservoir for the City of Campbell River) and Campell River. We developed, a web-based platform, to secure remote and continuous access to the data. Should a water quality exceedance be observed in the John Hart Reservoir, we can rapidly initiate the appropriate response.

Hatfield’s specialists onsite ensure sure work activities follow regulations, and we participate in routine surveillance and process audits line with our ISO9001-certified quality management system.

In May 2016, excavation of the enormous cavern (93 metres long, 40 metres high, and 60 metres below the surface) to house the innovative underground powerhouse was completed. The Project, including decommissioning the old facility, is expected to be completed by August 2019.

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