FORREST KERR HYDROELECTRIC PROJECT
ABOUT THE PROJECT
The AltaGas Forrest Kerr Hydro electricity facility is a 195 Mega Watt facility by the British Columbia and Yukon Border supplying the British Columbia power grid through BC Hydro’s 287-kV Northwest Transmission Line. The facility redirects a portion of the flow of the Iskut River through a tunnel to an underground powerhouse that houses nine Francis turbines to generate electricity.
Enginuity Consulting was retained by AltaGas Management and the Operations team to diagnose, troubleshoot, and recommend solutions to original system design faced with a number of costly generator maintenance costs and reliability problems. The solution included a thorough site visit and analysis of the system and problems along with a report and drawing package specifying necessary alterations and specification changes to resolve the problem, leading to reduced maintenance costs and higher reliability.
Enginuity’s responsibilities and achievements included:
- Study and assessment of original engineering drawings
- Site visit and collaboration with on-site personnel and engineers
- Recommendation report and drawing package outlining system alterations and new equipment specification including cyclone filters, strainers, PRV’s, etc with respect to original design class
- Reduced maintenance and repair costs and improved powerhouse system reliability