Work has begun to rebuild one of Ontario's oldest hydro dams, on the Madawaska River.
The Calabogie Generating Station was constructed in 1917, and was extensively damaged by a tornado in 2018. The new facility will replace the original, century-old powerhouse with a new powerhouse that will double its capacity from 5 to 10 megawatts.
"We're excited to rebuild one of our oldest generating stations, especially during these unprecedented times," Mike Martelli, president of renewable generation, Ontario Power Generation (OPG), wrote in a news release.
He added that other options were considered, including retrofitting the existing powerhouse, but that a complete redevelopment was determined to be the best option.
OPG is spending more than $100-million to redevelop the dam.
SNC-Lavalin and M. Sullivan & Son Ltd. were awarded the design-build contract.