What is Site C?
Site C will be the third in a series of dams on the Peace River in north-eastern British Columbia, Canada. It will be the first large dam to be built in British Columbia since 1984. The site is located downstream from the existing W.A.C. Bennett and Peace Canyon dams.
The estimated $8 billion project is a large-scale earth fill hydroelectric dam measuring 1,050 metres long and 60 metres high. The project proposes to provide enough electricity to power the equivalent of about 450,000 homes per year in the province.
It is estimated that the dam will provide 1,100 megawatts of capacity and an annual output of 5,100 gigawatt hours of energy to British Columbians. The newly created reservoir would be about 83 kilometre long and two to three times wider than the current river – causing it to flood 5,550 hectares of existing land.
Why is it called Site C?
The name dates back to the late 1950s when a predecessor of BC Hydro was exploring the hydroelectric potential of the Peace River.
For years, a number of places along the Peace River was considered as possible locations for dams by surveyors. In 1958, Sites A, B, C, D and E – situated between Peace Canyon and the Albertan border – were identified as potential dam locations.
Two of those locations were turned into reality by BC Hydro: “Site A,” which became the W.A.C. Bennett Dam at Williston Lake, and “Site B,” which became the Peace Canyon Dam.
By the late 1970s, the current Site C location was confirmed as the preferred option for a third dam.
Where is Site C?
Site C will be located in northeastern British Columbia, seven kilometres southwest of Fort St. John.
The coordinates are 56N, 12′, 4.59″ Latitude, 120W, 54′, 21.76″ Longitude.