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NB Power seeks input on Mactaquac Dam’s future

Three options identified, range from $2 billion to $5 billion.


October 13, 2015
by CANADIAN PRESS

FREDERICTON — A series of public consultations concerning the future of NB Power’s Mactaquac Dam will begin on Oct. 13.

The dam was commissioned in 1968 and is expected to reach the end of its service life in 2030 due to expansion problems with its concrete structures.

NB Power has identified three options for the dam, all of which could cost between $2 billion and $5 billion.

Those include repowering the generating station with a new powerhouse and spillway, retaining the headpond with no power generation, and restoring the Saint John River to its natural state.

The Mactaquac generating station produces energy using the flow of water from the Saint John River and supplies about 12 per cent of New Brunswick’s electricity.

The utility will have to choose a preferred option for the dam by next fall in order to complete the work by 2030.

© 2015 The Canadian Press

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