NTPC owns and operates a large number of physical assets. The list of assets includes hydroelectric facilities, transmission lines and power poles, diesel generators, solar arrays, transformers, bucket trucks and many other things. These assets require regular maintenance but may also need to be replaced or refurbished at some point in time. As a result, NTPC completes projects every year to ensure that electricity can continue to be reliably provided to customers in customers across the NWT.
Among the major projects that have recently been completed, are underway or are expected to begin in the near future:
Inuvik Wind Project Components of the wind turbine were stored in Hay River before being transported by barge to Inuvik in the summer of 2022 Turbine blade arrived in Hay River in November 2021. Grey piles that will form part of the foundation of the wind turbine have been installed at the site. Thermosyphons (white poles) will help to protect the thermafrost beneath and around the turbine as well as help stabilize the structure. On Sunday, August 7, 2022 the first pole for the future distribution line from Inuvik Wind was installed
The wind turbine will sit on this structural steel spider web frame The wind turbine blades were transported by barge from Hay River to Inuvik in the summer of 2022 Installation of the structural steel spider frame that will support the wind turbine continued despite the arrival of winter Funding support from the Government of Canada is critical to adding the wind turbine to the generation supply in Inuvik The crane that will help erect the wind turbine tower and blades in already onsite Installation on the distribution line connecting the wind turbine to the rest of the local electricity system continued throughout the winter of 2022/23 Construction of the access road to the Inuvik High Point Wind site continued throughout the winter of 2022/23 and into the spring Tremendous progress is being made on the roadways at the site, including the approach to the wind turbine pad Starting on May 6, 2023, major components that had been in storage were transferred to the Inuvik Wind site The first part of the turbine shaft being lowered into place on the steel infrastructure base. The tower to support the turbine blades was erected in May 2023 On May 29, the first turbine blade arrived onsite The tower is now ready for turbine blade installation
Taltson Refurbishment New turbine shaft that will be installed during the Taltson overhaul New turbine that will be installed during the Taltson overhaul The new camp for those who will be working on the overhaul can be seen on the left side of this photo. The number of workers required to complete the overhaul exceeds the capacity of the former camp. The Taltson hydro unit can be seen in the top right of the photo. In the winter of 2023, the Taltson Winter Road was constructed so that key components such as the new turbine and turbine base could be transported to site in advance of the overhaul Assembly of the rotor, a key component in a hydro unit, occurred in the first quarter of 2023-24 Once assembled, the rotor was tilted upright to free up floor space for other work required during the overhaul
Sachs Harbour -- new diesel plant Commissioning of a new diesel plant in Sachs Harbour began in early 2022 Construction of the new plant continued throughout 2022 The new plant has three high-efficiency generators. The new plant will replace an older plant that has reached its end of life.
Lutsel K'e -- new diesel plant Construction of a new, high efficiency diesel plant in Lutsel K'e began in 2021 Installation of equipment, including three new high-efficiency generators occurred in 2022 An announcement that the new plant was open and powering the community was made on January 25, 2023. The Government of Canada contributed more than $8.7 million to the project through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program
Snare Forks Unit 1 Refurbishment Unit 1 at Snare Forks was returned to service in October 2020 following an overhaul that was financially supported by the Government of Canada through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program