Brilliant Dam - Kootenay River, Castlegar, BC
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member T0SHEA
N 49° 19.378 W 117° 37.444
11U E 454650 N 5463546
Quick Description: It's not "brilliant", it's named after the nearest community, Brilliant. What it produces, however, can create "brilliance".
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Date Posted: 6/26/2013 4:29:19 PM
Waymark Code: WMHDBQ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Outspoken1
Views: 2

Long Description:
Built beginning in 1944 By Cominco, Ltd., its primary purpose at the time was to supply electricity to Cominco's smelter in Trail, BC. Surplus power was supplied to the local grid for residential and commercial use.

Cominco built a larger dam at Waneta, closer to the smelter, in 1954, but continued to operate this dam until 1996 when it was sold to the Columbia Basin Trust and Columbia Power Corp. Originally it housed 2 27 MW Francis turbines.

The dam is 42.6 metres high, with a head of 28 metres, and has eight sluice gates. In 2000 the facility was upgraded with four turbines generating a total of 145 MW of electricity.

In 2003, the Columbia Power Corporation began the Brilliant expansion. A 120 MW powerhouse was added which will use excess water beyond the capacity of the original powerhouse. Completed in 2007, the combined generation is now 265 MW.

This postcard is pre-2003 as it does not show the new powerhouse, downstream and to the right in the photos.

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Physical Address:
Kootenay River
approximately 2.5 km. above its confluence with the Columbia River.
Castlegar, BC Canada


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Description of Postcard Location:
End of Terrace Road above Highway 3A.


Parking Coorddinates: N 49° 19.378 W 117° 37.444

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