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East Toba and Montrose Hydroelectric Project

The East Toba and Montrose Hydroelectric Projects is a 235 MW run-of-river hydroelectric development with facilities on East Toba River and Montrose Creek.

Knight Piésold’s Role

The project was identified and permitted by Knight Piésold for Toba Montrose General Partnership (TMGP). Knight Piésold was subsequently retained by Peter Kiewit Infrastructure Co. (Kiewit) to perform the detailed design of the project under an EPC contract, guaranteeing performance, schedule, and price. Knight Piésold has an ongoing role conducting environmental compliance monitoring and facility upgrade engineering.

Project accomplishments at the time of completion include the design of the largest run-of-river project in BC history (East Toba River facility); design of the largest Coanda screen installation in the world (Montrose intake); design of a 150 km 230 kV transmission line through hazardous terrain resulting in robust low impact alignment; and enduring relationships with local communities and three First Nations groups.

Commissioned ahead of schedule, the project currently delivers green energy to BC Hydro under a long-term energy purchase agreement, providing a sustainable and renewable source of energy to British Columbians for generations.


In 2011, the project received the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Engineering Excellence at the Consulting Engineers of British Columbia (now the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies British Columbia) Awards.