BC Hydro ramping back up on Site C dam

BC Hydro cut its workforce at the Site C dam construction project in half in March

Work on the powerhouse and generation station at Site C was scaled back in March. | BC Hydro

BC Hydro has announced plans to ramp back up its workforce at the Site C hydroelectric dam project in the coming days and weeks.

In March, due to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions on work places, BC Hydro and its contractors cut the project's remote work force in half.

There are currently 834 workers at the site, staying in a worker lodge. Normally, there should be about 1,700.

Between now and June, the project will ramp up to 1,400 workers, BC Hydro said, and to 1,700 by July. Later, the workforce could ramp up to 2,200 later this summer.

"The phased approach is based on the provincial health guidelines for industrial camps, and BC Hydro will work with project contractors and unions to begin ramping up construction activities," BC Hydro said in a press release. "The first increase in work will focus on restarting some of the main civil works on the earthfill dam and roller-compacted concrete dam buttress."