RAPIDE-BLANC, QUE. — Hydro-Quebec has announced it will spend $613 million to refurbish Rapide-Blanc generating station in the Mauricie region of the province.
Work will begin in 2020 to replace the station’s six generating units and rehabilitate the building, auxiliary electrical and mechanical systems and intake and spillway gates, stated a June 17 release.
Commissioned in 1934, the generating station has been operated by Hydro-Quebec since the 1963 nationalization of electricity in Quebec. With an installed capacity of 204 megawatts, it has six generating units and a drop height of 32.92 metres. Its reservoir, Blanc reservoir, has an area of 8,260 hectares.
Draft-design work is currently being carried out at Rapide-Blanc generating station as well as construction of workshops and offices. In fall 2019, the wastewater treatment system will be modified and preparatory work for the control room will begin.