Laurie River I & II Generating Stations

Photo of Laurie River Generating Station

The Laurie River generating stations are located about 760 km northwest of Winnipeg. Laurie II Generating Station is operated by remote control from Laurie I Generating Station.

The 2 generating stations originally went into operation in 1952 and 1958 respectively to support Sherritt Gordon Mines Limited operations. Manitoba Hydro purchased them in 1970 and officially took them over on June 1 of that year.

Laurie River was named after a nearby lake, which was named after Patrick Laurie, publisher of the Saskatchewan Herald – the first newspaper published west of Winnipeg.

Facts

  • Located on Laurie River;
  • Completed in 1952 and 1958 (respectively);
  • 10 MW capacity (combined);
  • 3 turbine generators (units):
    • Laurie I: 2 units (2.5 MW each);
    • Laurie II: 1 unit (5 MW).
  • Waterfall drop:
    • Laurie River I: 16.75 metres;
    • Laurie River II: 19 metres.
  • Powerhouse:
    • Laurie River I: 21 metres long;
    • Laurie River II: 17.5 metres long.
  • Intake gates:
    • Laurie River I: 2 gates, each measuring 11 metres by 5.5 metres;
    • Laurie River II: 2 gates, each measuring 3.25 metres by 3.5 metres.
  • Spillway gates:
    • Laurie River I: 5 gates, each measuring 4.75 metres by 4.25 metres;
    • Laurie River II: 5 gates, each measuring 5 metres by 4.25 metres.
  • Transmission lines:
    • 1 138-kV Laurie River to Thompson;
    • 2 230-kV (1 each to Ponton to Thompson, and Wuskwatim to Birchtree).