The proposed Bute Inlet Hydroelectric Project includes 17 run-of-river hydroelectric facilities located on tributaries of the Homathko, Southgate, and Orford Rivers, in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia. Combined, these projects constitute about 1,100 MW of renewable energy, with 200 km of 230 kV and 250 km of 500 kV transmission line and interconnecting substations, new access roads, bridges and barge landing facilities, construction camps, and air strips.
Knight Piésold identified the potential sites in Bute Inlet and developed the overall clustering concept to make the project economically attractive, even with the long transmission lines to connect the project to the BC Hydro grid. Alterra Power Corporation engaged Knight Piésold to further the development of these facilities that made up the 1,100 MW Bute Inlet Hydroelectric Project, including the following assignments:
Knight Piésold has also undertaken all aspects of hydrometric data collection, including site selection, instrumentation (selection and installation), continuous bench mark and cross-section surveying, and maintenance of a rigorous quality assurance program. Knight Piésold engineers and scientists maintain an emphasis on quality and repeatability, and all gauging stations were operated in a manner consistent with or exceeding the highest available standards for hydrometric data collection and interpretation.