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.
Overall Project health as of March 31, 2021, remained "red" due to significant schedule and cost pressures that had not then been reflected in the budget and schedule that was approved by the Government of B.C. subsequent to the end of the reporting period. In February 2021, the Government of B.C. announced, based on estimates provided by BC Hydro, that the Project will continue with a revised cost estimate of $16 billion and a new expected in-service date of 2025. Project health will be reassessed in the next Quarterly Progress Report based on the newly approved budget and revised project schedule.
On target Moderate issues At risk
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Overall Project health remained "red" due to significant schedule and cost pressures. In February 2021, the Government of British Columbia announced, based on estimates provided by BC Hydro, that the project will continue with a revised cost estimate of $16 billion and a new expected in-service date of 2025. The revised cost estimate was approved by Government subsequent to the end of the reporting period.
The scope status changed from "red" to "amber" as independent experts confirmed the foundation enhancements developed to address geotechnical issues on the Project’s right bank will work and will ensure the Project meets the highest safety standards.
Further to the recommended actions in the Milburn Report, BC Hydro continued to review the revised cost estimate, along with Project risks, which are very significant.
Safety remained as "amber" this quarter. Management of COVID 19 transmission for Site C workers and local communities continued to be a priority in the reporting period. From January to March 2021, there were 34 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 on the project, with 25 cases linked to five controlled, onsite clusters. During the reporting period, there were five serious safety incidents consisting of four near misses that had the potential to be a serious injury and one serious injury that required medical attention.
Scope changed from "red" to "amber" during the quarter as independent experts confirmed BC Hydro's proposed 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. The independent dam experts have been retained to provide oversight to BC Hydro while construction of the foundation enhancements is completed.
Schedule remained "red" during the quarter. The revised cost estimate and schedule include a one-year delay to 2025 for the project in-service date, as a result of the delays and impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. BC Hydro continues to refine its updated schedule. The revised cost estimate and schedule were not yet approved by Government during the reporting period. The schedule status will be updated when the revised cost estimate and schedule are approved.
Cost remained "red" during the quarter based on the Government of British Columbia's announcement of February 26, 2021, that the Project will continue with a current cost estimate of $16 billion. Prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, BC Hydro had identified in previous progress reports dating back to 2019 that the Project was already managing significant cost pressures, and these were being assessed, monitored and managed to the best extent possible.
The COVID-19 pandemic, along with the need for foundation enhancements on the right bank to deal with unanticipated geotechnical conditions, significantly added to those cost pressures. The revised cost estimate based on an in service date of 2025 was not yet approved by Government during the reporting period. The cost status will be updated when the revised cost estimate is approved.