Bryson generating station was built in 1924 and 1925. It is located on the Rivière des Outaouais (Ottawa River), in Bryson, in the Grand Calumet channel. It is a run-of-river generating station with an installed capacity of 56 megawatts (MW).
To ensure the continued operation of the generating station, Hydro-Québec is planning to replace its three generating units and two decks (concrete slabs on either side of generating station).
Technical and environmental studies
Hydro-Québec is currently conducting detailed technical and environmental studies to determine the exact features of the project, become thoroughly familiar with the host environment, identify the environmental impacts and suggest appropriate mitigation measures.
According to the information we have to date, the main environmental and social considerations related to the project are the following:
- Fish habitat
- Presence of special-status plant and animal species
- Truck traffic and its impact on the quality of life of neighboring residents.
Hydro-Québec has implemented a public participation and consultation process.
The project team will thus be able to take into account the concerns of the community and its leaders so as to best adapt the project to local realities.
Information meetings on the project Fall 2017 – winter 2017–2018
Permitting Summer 2018 – winter 2019–2020
- Construction of cofferdam Winter 2020–2021
- Construction of access roads Fall 2020 – winter 2020–2021
- Replacement of generating units Winter 2020–2021 – fall 2022
- Demolition and replacement of decks Spring – summer 2021
- Dismantling of cofferdam and access road Fall 2022