ECODynamic Solutions (EDS) Inc. is working with Alterra as the Independent Environmental Monitor on their 62 MW run-of-river, Jimmie Creek Hydroelectric Project in coastal British Columbia.
Work on Jimmie Creek began in 2012 with the initial project definition phase, and proceeded into implementation with the signing of the Engineering, Procurement and Construction Management (EPCM) contract with SNC Lavalin in June 2014. On-site activities began on March 1, 2014, and the targeted in-service date for the project is July 2016.
Currently, full construction is underway, with nearly 100 workers currently active at the site. Road and bridge construction is now complete and work is well underway at the intake and powerhouse locations. Clearing for penstock excavation is nearly complete and subsurface conditions are in line with expectation. The project is expected to achieve commercial operations in August 2016 and will sell 100% of its power to BC Hydro under a 40-year contract.
The project consists of a new renewable power facility to be constructed in the Toba Valley on Jimmie Creek, approximately 80 km northeast of Powell River on BC’s Sunshine Coast. The powerhouse will connect to the existing 155 km, 230 kV, Toba Montrose transmission line to Saltery Bay, which is the point of interconnection with the BC Hydro system. When complete Jimmie Creek will have the potential to produce electricity for over 15,000 homes.
The Jimmie Creek project will complement Alterra’s larger existing Toba Montrose project which has an installed capacity of 235 MW and an annual production of up to 727 Gwh/yr