Voith in Canada

A Pioneer in Canada’s Hydro Power Generation.

Since More Than 100 years.

From the early beginnings of hydro power generation in Canada Voith has been part of a development process which has made Canada the country with the highest share of renewable energy production of all G8 nations. When the Hamilton Cataract Power Company ordered four turbine units in Heidenheim back in the early 1900’s this was just the beginning of Canada’s and Voith’s success story that went on with the renowned Niagara Falls project a few years later to the brand new Eastmain plant. Today 60% of Canada’s electricity is produced by hydro power plants.

June 2012

Quebec Prime Minister inaugurates the Eastmain-1-A powerhouse at James Bay

The Quebec Prime Minister, Jean Charest, has inaugurated the
Eastmain-1-A powerhouse at James Bay, that is part of the Eastmain-1-A-Sarcelle-Rupert Project, a $5 billion worth installations.

The plant has an annual production capacity of 2.3 TWh (terawatthours), the equivalent of 135,000 households’ annual consumption. The generated electricity is intended primarily to domestic demand but also to export.

The following people also attended the inauguration, Thierry Vandal, CEO of Hydro Quebec, Clement Gignac, Minister of Natural Resources, Pierre Corbeil, Minister for the Abitibi-Temiscaming and Northern Quebec regions, Geoffrey Kelly, Minister of Indian Affairs, and Matthew Coon Come, Chief of the Grand Council of the Crees.

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April 2011

Voith Hydro overhauls legendary Canadian power plant

  • Ontario Power Generation signs Voith for refurbishment of DeCew Falls 1
  • Revitalizing generation capacities for the 21st century
  • Milestone in history: one of the first North American projects with turbines supplied by Voith

Voith Hydro Canada has won a contract to supply parts for the DeCew Falls 1 project. Operator Ontario Power Generation is overhauling the plant that has been supplying electricity to the grid for more than a century. Voith will supply the turbine runner, shaft, and wicket gates of Unit #8. The overhaul will be complete in early 2012.

Amongst the first turbines Voith supplied to North America

Voith also had been the original equipment supplier for DeCew Falls 1. Early in the 20th century, the owner, Hamilton Cataract Power Company, ordered four turbine units in Heidenheim for the plant located in direct vicinity to the Niagara Falls. With delivery from 1904 to 1912, these units were amongst the first ones Voith supplied to North America.

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October 2007

Voith Siemens Hydro Power to equip the largest hydropower project being built in Canada

Voith Siemens Hydro Power Generation received the contract to equip Eastmain 1-A from the Société d’énergie de la Baie James (SEBJ). The contract, valued at over $140 million, includes designing, building, and installing three 260 MW Francis turbine-generator units.

“Voith Siemens Hydro Power is thrilled to have been entrusted with this mandate. Eastmain 1-A-Sarcelle-Rupert is the largest hydropower project being built in Canada today and we are proud to be associated with it,” said Denys Turcotte, president and CEO of the company in Canada. “This mandate confirms Voith Siemens Hydro’s key role in the development of Canada’s important hydropower potential,” he added.

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May 8, 2007

New Canadian Headquarters Inaugurated

Voith Siemens Hydro officially opened its new Canadian headquarters in Brossard, Greater Montréal, in the presence of business and industry leaders, government representatives and the company’s senior management.

September 2006

Revelstoke starting hydropower series in Canada

In September 2006, British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority awarded Voith Siemens Hydro with the delivery of a 512 MW Francis turbine and a 532 MVA generator for the extension of the Revelstoke project.