Adjacent to to Trent Severn locks 15 – 17, the Healey Falls Generating Station is one of those places that the owners would rather you stayed away from. I’m fascinated by hydro electric power stations and took a good look at the plant while I could.
Ontario Power will be fencing off the access to it soon and to be honest, well, it’s a good thing that they are as the penstocks and tailraces of hydro plants are not safe places to be around.
For your own safety near a hydroelectric dam or station, make sure that you:
- Obey all warning signs, fences, buoys, booms and barriers. They are put there to protect you. The areas inside are dangerous, stay clear of them.
- Stay a safe distance outside of warning signs, buoys, booms and barriers when fishing, boating or swimming.
- Stay well back from the edge of waters above and below hydroelectric dams and stations.
- Never stand below a dam, or anchor or tie your boat there. Rapidly changing water levels and flows can take you by surprise and could swamp your boat or put you in the grip of an undertow.
An expansion of the generating station allows some temporary access to areas that are normally inaccessible. The generating station will have a new turbine unit in a spare bay inside the existing hydroelectric power plant once the expansion is complete.
The project involves bifurcation of one penstock, feeding existing units two and three. In addition, the third penstock will supply water to the new unit.
The crews will excavate the generator pit and draft tube, construct the tailrace pier and install the tailrace de-watering gate.
The Healey Falls Generating Station is located on the Trent-Severn Waterway near the town of Campbellford and was placed in service in 1913. The station is a “run of river” type hydroelectric facility and the flows on the river are controlled solely by Parks Canada whose primary objective is to maintain water levels for navigation purposes.
The station consists of 4 generating units with a combined capacity of 15.7 MW. With the addition of the new turbine, the facility will increase the utilization of the water that is made available by Parks Canada for energy production.
more images of the Healey Falls project are here…