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 June 30, 2021

On target On target                    Moderate issues                 At risk At risk

Overall project health Moderate issues

Following completion of the re‑baselining process, the overall Project health is “amber”, compared to the previous report where overall health was “red”. In June 2021, Treasury Board approved the revised $16 billion budget and one‑year delay to the Project in‑service date to 2025, which was previously announced in February 2021.The newly approved budget and schedule address significant cost pressures and delays faced by the Project due to the COVID‑19 pandemic, as well as the right bank foundation enhancements and other cost pressures being managed by the Project prior to COVID‑19.

The Technical Advisory Board and Independent experts continued to review and confirm 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.

However, there are still significant risks to the Project that continue to be reviewed, assessed and monitored.

Safety Moderate issues

Safety remained “amber” during the quarter. Management of COVID‑19, including working through a declared outbreak, continued to be a priority in the reporting period. BC Hydro worked closely with Northern Health during the outbreak on asymptomatic testing, increased vaccinations, and other containment measures. The first outbreak was officially declared over on June 23, 2021.

The Site C medical clinic has continued to provide vaccinations onsite, which are accessible to all Site C workers working at onsite and offsite work locations. BC Hydro estimates as of June 30, 2021, 70‑75 per cent of active Site C workers had been vaccinated, either at the onsite clinic or through their local communities.

During the reporting period, there were five serious safety incidents consisting of three near misses with the potential for a serious injury and two serious injuries that required medical attention, but the workers are expected to make a full recovery. To encourage active learning from significant safety incidents across all work fronts and contractors, the Project held 30 Safety Incident Reviews this quarter.

Scope Moderate issues

Scope remained “amber” during the quarter as certain designs are still being 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 and will continue to review the designs as they are finalized.

Schedule Moderate issues

Following completion of the rebaselining process, as of June 30, 2021, the schedule status is “amber,” compared to the previous report where schedule was “red.” In June 2021, Treasury Board approved the new Project in‑service date of 2025, which was previously announced in February 2021. While the Project is currently on schedule to achieve the new in‑service date, the re‑emergence of the COVID‑19 outbreaks at the Project and the possibility that the Blueberry River Decision affects the timing of the issuance of provincial permits required for the completion of the Project indicate that schedule risks remain.

BC Hydro and Site C contractors continue to explore ways in which the work delayed by the COVID‑19 pandemic could potentially be accelerated, which, if successful, could result in an earlier in‑service date: however, achieving an earlier in‑service date remains subject to uncertainly and to the risks summarized in this report. BC Hydro and the Site C contractors continue to negotiate contract changes associated with the right bank foundation enhancements.

Cost Moderate issues

Following completion of the rebaselining process, the cost status is “amber,” compared to the previous report where cost was “red.” In June 2021, Treasury Board approved the revised $16 billion Project budget (previous budget of $10.7 billion), which was announced in February 2021. The newly approved budget addresses cost pressures due to the COVID‑19 pandemic, need for foundation enhancements on the right bank, and other cost pressures the Project was managing prior to the COVID‑19 pandemic. Significant potential cost risks remain including the continuation of the COVID‑19 pandemic, the continuation of commercial negotiations with contractors, procurements for the remaining work and equipment, the availability of skilled workers, and the possibility that the Blueberry River Decision affects the timing of the issuance of provincial permits required for the completion of the Project. The budget includes $737 million of project contingency to fund cost risks if required.

As of June 30, 2021, the life to date actual costs are $7.4 billion which results in a remaining budget of $8.6 billion.