March 21, 2012 - Water now flowing through newly completed Niagara Tunnel
Ontario’s new Niagara Tunnel is now in-service producing more clean, renewable, low-cost electricity at the Sir Adam Beck generating complex.
At a ceremony to celebrate water flowing in the tunnel, OPG President and CEO Tom Mitchell congratulated the contractor STRABAG and “...the hundreds of men and women who worked with extremely difficult rock conditions to safely complete this engineering marvel.” STRABAG’s safety record was twice as good as the industry average.
OPG Chair, Jake Epp said, “The tunnel has claimed the attention of the entire world,” and is “...a fitting representative of Canada’s, Ontario’s and OPG’s great legacy of electricity development and operation.”
“This project is a source of pride as an engineering feat and as a practical solution for meeting Ontario's energy needs through clean sources,” remarked Ontario’s Minister of Energy, Bob Chiarelli. “The completion of this project will provide Ontario with a source of clean energy for the next 100 years.”
Guests included Minister of Environment Jim Bradley, Niagara Falls MPP Kim Craitor, and Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati. Also on hand to celebrate the opening were grade 2 and 3 students from Welland’s Port Weller Public School who performed their Niagara Tunnel song. Minister Chiarelli presented the students with certificates of appreciation for being ambassadors of the Niagara Tunnel project.
The project remains one of the best value renewable energy initiatives in Ontario. OPG and STRABAG agreed to a revised schedule in early 2009 due to difficult rock conditions, and have stayed true to both the schedule and budget. In fact, the project cost will be $100 million lower than the revised $1.6 billion cost, and the in-service date, March 9, is nine months sooner than projected in 2009.
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Ontario Power Generation
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Niagara Tunnel in-service announcements
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