Grand Rapids Generating Station

Photo of Grand Rapids Generating Station.

Grand Rapids Generating Station, located on the Saskatchewan River about 400 km by air northwest of Winnipeg, has a capacity of approximately 480 MW. It is the first hydroelectric generating station that Manitoba Hydro built in northern Manitoba to produce electricity for the provincial power system after the Winnipeg River had been fully developed.


  • Construction started January 1960;
  • Construction completed November 1968;
  • Cost $117 million;
  • Capacity approximately 479 MW;
  • Located on Saskatchewan River;
  • 4 turbine generators (units);
  • Transmission lines (all 3-phase):
    • 2 230-kV to Winnipeg;
    • 1 230-kV to Thompson;
    • 1 230-kV to Overflowing River (The Pas); and
    • 1 230-kV to Dauphin.
  • 8 intake gates, each measuring 4.9 metres by 11 metres;
  • 4 spillway gates, each measuring 12.2 metres by 13 metres.

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