Belly River was commissioned in 1991. Constructed on Alberta Environment’s irrigation system, the facility consists of an intake structure; a 1.8 metre diameter buried steel penstock (gate); a powerhouse; and a 25 kilovolt power line.
The facility is capable of producing about 11,250 megawatt hours each year.
TransAlta owns and operates the Belly River facility through its wholly owned subsidiary Canadian Hydro Developers.
At a Glance
- Technology: Horizontal Francis turbines, Alstom generator
- Protection of the environment is an important part of our hydro power business, as is responsible water use. We continually work with environmental and community groups to ensure habitats are protected, and that all users’ needs are heard.
- The Belly River facility is EcoLogoM certified by the Environmental Choice Program.
Facts & Figures
Location: Calgary, AB
Capacity (MW): 17
First on-stream: 1954
Revenue Source: Alberta PPA
Contract Expiry: 2002