HAY RIVER, NWT (May 29, 2020) – The Northwest Territories Power Corporation (NTPC) announced today that the Snare Falls Hydro Unit has returned to service. The unit was shut down on May 4 following the discovery of an oil sheen near the facility.
The source of the leak from the hydro plant was located and repaired, the unit has been successfully tested and the unit is now considered back to fully functional.
Total costs of the shutdown and repairs are unknown at this time. The cost of diesel generation during the shutdown were lower than originally estimated, with daily diesel replacement costs averaging approximately $10,000. No diesel generation was required on weekends to support demand load.
NTPC is a wholly owned subsidiary of NT Hydro, which in turn is 100 percent owned by the Government of the Northwest Territories.
“The Snare Falls Hydro Unit has been returned to service, providing clean hydroelectricity to Yellowknife residents. In getting this work finished, NTPC made sure to follow all the advice and requirements of the Chief Public Health Officer and Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission as we worked through the approval process to safely bring contractors into the territory for this emergency work.”
Noel Voykin, President and CEO, Northwest Territories Power Corporation