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Old 07-14-2008, 11:53 AM   #165
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Chruchill Falls Power Development...

To the scientific minded, ...NO excursion of this kind on the TLH by motorcycle is complete until you tour the Chruchill Falls Hydro Power development.

One of the worlds great natural resources up here is the WATER. Churchill Falls was identified in the old days as a source of useable energy. and has today become the Churchill Falls Hydro development. The heart of the project is the 5,428,500 kw of underground power station, the largest in the world. A community of about 650 people make their home in the wilderness area and serve the company. This is a company town and everything belongs to the company; housing..schools..everything. The employees are taken care by the company....totally! Efforts were made to make the community one of the most advanced and comfortable of its kind. The community revolves around the unique town complex, the Donald Gordon Center. The Center houses a school, hotel, theater, library, bank, post office, recreational and commercial facilities, all under one roof. Residents enjoy modern living accommodations and recreational facilities. An indoor swimming pool, arena, curling rink, gymnasium, ski-hill, cross country ski trails, playground, ball diamonds and a community center provides facilities for many hours of active living. Facilities also include an interdenominational church, private run school system, medical facilities, fire department, and a small police detachment......all in one small town, the company is the BOSS!

Facility tour guide..she was very effective in mouthing the session.
Very high security was involved: picture ID...background check..etc. Entered the facility at 1900 hrs

The underground operation is about 1300' below in solid granite rock. The Falls were diverted and forced underground to operate the turbines. Awesome feat of must see them.

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Generator area.....

Turbine area..

This is the companys credo inscribed on the wall:

"The Mission of the Hydro Group of Companies is to provide electrical power and energy, on behalf of the people of the province, at least at the lowest cost consistent with reliable service, due consideration for the environment and the safety of our employees and the customer which we serve."


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