BC Hydro Ladore spillway gates seismic upgrade project in Around Town

May 18, 2023

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BC Hydro has issued a request for proposal to obtain a general contractor for the Ladore Spillway Seismic Upgrade Project. The planned seismic upgrade to the gates will enable the facility to continue to safely pass water downstream following a major earthquake or during a major flood event.

Seismic upgrades on the Ladore Dam spillway gates could begin in 2024, in a major infrastructure project expected to cost in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Image provide by BC Hydro

A budget has not yet been announced, but the project is expected to have an overall cost in the hundreds of millions of dollars.  The cost of the Ladore project will be part of B.C. Hydro’s filing with the B.C. Utilities Commission this spring.

The project requires regulatory and funding approvals to proceed. Construction may begin in 2024 with completion in 2029. Once the upgrade is completed, Ladore Dam will meet dam safety guidelines.

The Ladore Dam is one of three hydroelectric dams on the Campbell River system. The John Hart Dam is downstream and the Strathcona Dam is upstream. B.C. Hydro has been meeting with First Nations, government agencies and other stakeholders as it plans the process.

Construction could result in about 70 jobs per year over three years. Anyone interested in following the three dam projects, including sub-contractors and those looking for work, can go to majorprojects.ca. Currently the request for proposals to supply and install spillway gates closes Aug. 30. 

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