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    Calabogie Generating Station Celebrates 100 Years of Service

  • Jul 27, 2017

    November 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of OPG's Calabogie Generating Station (GS).

    To mark the station's big milestone, visitors are invited to tour the station on Saturday, July 29, from 1 to 5 p.m. Shuttle bus service will be available for transport at Barnet Park, located at 5179 Calabogie Road. Space is limited.

    Located in Greater Madawaska Township on the Madawaska River downstream from Barrett Chute GS, the two-unit station produces four megawatts (MW) of clean, renewable electricity, enough to power about 4,000 homes.

    In service since November 1917 and originally constructed by the Calabogie Light and Power Company, the Calabogie Generating Station first supported local development and the lumber industry. Its speedy completion was remarkable, given that power was available only seven months after construction started. This was made possible by adapting plant equipment that was built for another hydroelectric station.

    The Madawaska River is central to the history of Calabogie. Some of the earliest commercial lumbering in Ontario began along the river between 1860 and 1890, due to the growing demand for lumber in Upper Canada and ships' masts for the British Navy. Not only did the river provide access to remote stands of timber, it was also used for transporting logs.

    As early as the 1840s, log slides and booms were built on the river and dams were constructed at Calabogie, Highland Chute, Mountain Chute, and Arnprior to support logging operations. By the 1920s, lumbering had declined and the Madawaska River was used more for hydroelectric generation.

    In 1929, Calabogie GS was acquired by OPG from a private company. Repairs were made in 2011 to the dam's mechanical and structural components, which included replacing the existing log handling equipment with a new, more efficient and safer design, and repairing and modifying the dam structure.

    The station is currently being upgraded with new sluice gates and other repairs. This refurbishment work is scheduled to be completed later this year.

    SOURCE: Ontario Power Generation Inc.

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  • Keeping Current

    ELEC-TECH SALES LTD. announces the retirement of John Baron after 31 years with the company – the last 20 years as its President.

    John has had a long and illuminating Electrical industry career spanning over 37 years. His journey started after graduating from U. of Manitoba and joining Sylvania Lighting in a Sales and Marketing role in Calgary and Edmonton.

    John's career path opportunities moved him to British Columbia where he soon joined Elec-Tech Sales in 1986. John managed sales and marketing initiatives throughout his outside sales role and territory coverage, eventually becoming President in 1997.

    LAFERT NORTH AMERICA, a Manufacturer of metric AC Motors, metric gearboxes and coolant pumps, announces the following appointments:

    Mario Hartard has been appointed Account Manager/Business Development. Mario brings 17 years of experience in the Electrical Power industry and has developed expertise across the North American market in the area of Mines & Metals, Public Utilities and Oil & Gas. He holds a B.S. Degree in Industrial Engineering from Universidad Iberoamericana – Mexico.

    OUELLET CANADA National Sales Manager, Stéphane Larocque, announces the appointment of Vincent Tremblay as Sales Representative for the provinces of New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

    Vincent, a dynamic, proactive and motivated person with extensive knowledge of the construction market, will start his new role in early September 2017. In the meantime, William Healey, Territory Manager of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, will cover Eric's territory.

    Headquartered in L'Islet, Quebec, Ouellet Canada Inc. develops, manufactures and markets electric heating products throughout North America, Europe and Asia.

    www.ouellet.com

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