Upper Mattagami-Hound Chute stations in service ahead of schedule

14 December 2010

The $300M Upper Mattagami and Hound Chute project includes redevelopment of the Sandy Falls, Wawaitin, and Lower Sturgeon sites on the upper Mattagami River, and the Hound Chute site on the Montreal River.

Sandy Falls Generating Station was the first plant to be completed, followed by Lower Sturgeon and Wawaitin. Hound Chute is the final station to be placed in service. The work on this station included the installation of an Obermeyer Weir. Built in consultation with Marsh Bay residents, the weir was installed in 2009 to better regulate water levels on the Montreal River.

"OPG and its contractors carefully planned and executed the project which involved building new stations at four existing sites" said Tom Mitchell, President and CEO of OPG. "This project is an example of project management at its best.”

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, worked more than one million hours without a lost time incident on the project.

"Hydroelectric power has long been a vital part of Ontario's energy system and is a cornerstone of our Long-Term Energy Plan as we expand our renewable energy capacity," said Energy Minister, Brad Duguid. "The Upper Mattagami - Hound Chute projects have been a great boost for the North - bringing good jobs into local communities. Congratulations to OPG for getting these stations online ahead of schedule and on budget."

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