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Calabogie power dam to be rebuilt after damage done in 2018 tornado

The new facility will replace the original, century-old powerhouse with a new one that will double its electrical capacity.
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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.




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