Project Status Dashboard

To report on project status, BC Hydro uses a dashboard system where key Site C project areas are classified as red (at risk), amber (moderate issues) or green (on target). This dashboard is updated quarterly.

Project dashboard

As of March 31, 2022

On target On target                    Moderate issues                 At risk At risk

Overall project health Moderate issues

As of March 31, 2022, overall Project health remained “amber.” The Project is more than 60% complete; however, there are still potential risks remaining. BC Hydro continues to review, assess, mitigate, manage and monitor potential risks to the Project.

The Technical Advisory Board and independent experts continued to review and confirm that BC Hydro’s foundation enhancements solution is appropriate and sound, and will make the right bank structures safe and serviceable over the long operating life of Site C.

Safety Moderate issues

In anticipation of the potential impacts from the more transmissible Omicron variant for workers returning in January 2022, the Project implemented mandatory rapid testing for workers returning to site. By the middle of February 2022, cases were declining quickly and rapid testing was shifted to the testing of symptomatic workers, case and contact management, and as requested by Project contractors and/or individual workers. Additionally, BC Hydro’s proof of vaccination mandate came into effect on January 10, 2022.

With the expected increase in work activity and workers, the Project is seeing some increase in safety and security incidents. To keep workers safe, BC Hydro and contractor safety and construction teams are working on enhanced worker safety management plans.

Scope Moderate issues

Scope remained “amber” as of March 31, 2022. Provisions are included in the Project plans for potential scope adjustments for site conditions and interfaces. As construction progresses, there remains a risk of design changes due to unknown field conditions. The design, value engineering and constructability reviews for the right bank foundation enhancements continue to be finalized. The Technical Advisory Board and independent experts have confirmed that BC Hydro’s right bank foundation enhancements solution is appropriate and sound and will make the right bank structures safe and serviceable over the long operating life of Site C; they will continue to review the designs as they are finalized.

Schedule Moderate issues

Schedule remained “amber” as of March 31, 2022. The Project is currently on schedule to achieve the approved 2025 in-service date and is more than 60% complete; however, a significant amount of work and potential schedule risks remain. BC Hydro is actively reviewing, assessing, mitigating, managing and monitoring these remaining risks.

BC Hydro and Site C contractors continue to schedule work and explore strategies to complete work delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic as efficiently as possible. If successful, this will result in lowering the schedule risk and could result in an earlier in-service date; however, achieving an earlier in-service date remains subject to uncertainty and to the risks summarized in this report.

Cost Moderate issues

Cost remained “amber” as of March 31, 2022. The revised budget, approved in June 2021, addresses cost pressures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for foundation enhancements on the right bank, and other cost pressures the Project was managing prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Potential cost risks remain, including the continuation of the COVID-19 pandemic, commercial negotiations with contractors, design changes due to unknown field conditions, the availability of skilled craft workers and obtaining remaining authorizations for the completion of the Project.

As of March 31, 2022, the life-to-date actual costs are $8.8 billion, which results in an estimated $7.2 billion of remaining costs.