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Canada : CANADA: BC HYDRO started operating Units V & VI at MICA DAM.

BC Hydro of Canada has completed an upgrading project worth $714 million to add two new generating units at the Mica dam. With the addition of units five and six, the facility now has overall six generating units.

In its statement last week, BC Hydro has revealed that it has included two units as part of this project to have six generating units at the upgraded facility in the end.

The Canadian utility has also stated that the inclusion of Unit V and Unit VI has augmented Mica's generation capacity by almost 1000MW, facilitating it to have an overall capacity of over 2805MW.

Although the original plan envisioned six generating units for the Mica Generating Station, situated 145km north of Revelstoke, there was establishment of only four units at the time of its commissioning in the year 1977.

The Canadian utilitys Mica facility, which is the pillar of the Columbia River generation system of the company, currently makes up for around 22% of overall generation capacity of BC Hydro.

The company has set up the new turbines as part of its eight-year long strategy for the modernization and expansion of Mica.

BC Hydro has commissioned the Unit V and Unit VI in last winter and this winter respectively.

Recently, it has also replaced the old switchgear equipment of the facility and set up a new series capacitor station on the transmission line from Mica close to Seymour Arm.

BC Hydro so far has facilitated generation of full time jobs for around 1000 people in the region through its construction projects to expand and upgrade Mica.

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Date:Apr 7, 2016
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