Pinawa Generating Station

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Pinawa Generating Station was the first hydraulic plant on the Winnipeg River and first to operate all year long under extreme cold weather and icing conditions. The station was a Winnipeg Electric Railway Co. development. Pinawa operated with a head of 14 m. Pinawa Generating Station was retired from service in 1951.

Construction of the station was between 1902 and 1906. When first commissioned the station had 6 units with a total capacity of 8 MW. In 1907 units 7, 8, 9 were added which raised the capacity to 14 MW. In 1912 the capacity was re-rated to 22 MW.

Procurement, construction, and commissioning had a lot of local involvement. A railway and a town were built for the construction. Design engineering was provided by an engineer from New York.

Pinawa: Post Decommissioning Aerial
Pinawa: Post Decommissioning Panoramic

Construction Photo Gallery[edit]

Courtesy the Manitoba Electrical Museum

  • Pinawa: Dwg General Key Plan
  • Pinawa: Dwg Plan of Winnipeg River Weirs
  • Pinawa: Dwg Powerhouse Plan View
  • Pinawa: Excavated Intake Channel 1905 05 20
  • Pinawa: Intake Channel Excavation 1905 10 20
  • Pinawa: Intake Channel Control Structure
  • Pinawa: Construction Camp Building Homes
  • Pinawa: Corduroy Road
  • Pinawa: Powerhouse Half Constructed Downstream View 1905 05 18
  • Pinawa: Powerhouse Half Constructed Upstream View 1905 06 27
  • Pinawa: Intake Tubes
  • Pinawa: McCormick Turbine Intake Tube
  • Pinawa: Intake Tubes 1905 05 27
  • Pinawa: Powerhouse Intake Structure Downstream
  • Pinawa: Powerhouse Intake Structure Upstream
  • Pinawa: Powerhouse Downstream View
  • Pinawa: Sunday Ladies
  • Pinawa: Car
  • Pinawa: Break Time Refreshments
  • Pinawa: Boaters
  • Pinawa: Three Bear Cubs
  • Pinawa: Group Photo Tenting
  • Pinawa: Turbine Installation
  • Pinawa: Turbine Installation
  • Pinawa: Dog Sled
  • Pinawa: Work with Horse Power 1907 05 28
  • Pinawa: Girls On Turbine
  • Pinawa: 60 kV Transmission Tower with Intrepid Climber
  • Pinawa: Sitting On Trash Spillway
  • Pinawa: Transformer Room & Crew
  • Pinawa: Hunting Party
  • Pinawa: Intake Structure with Trashracks
  • Pinawa: Winnipeg River Main Wier 1908 01 10
  • Pinawa: Overflow Spillway in Operation
  • Pinawa: Group Photo for Initial Opening
  • Pinawa: Generator Room 1908 01 10
  • Pinawa: Control Floor with Operator
  • Pinawa: Lombard Govenor
  • Pinawa: Transformer Gallery 1908 01 10
  • Pinawa: Switchgear Room
  • Pinawa: Transformer Gallery & Blacksmith Shop
  • Pinawa: Spillway Downstream in Winter 1908 01 10
  • Pinawa: View from Intakegate Structure 1908 01 10
  • Pinawa: Spillway Downstream in Winter 1908 01 10
  • Pinawa: South Side Powerhouse in Winter
  • Pinawa: Powerhouse Flood
  • Pinawa: Powerhouse Flood
  • Pinawa: Powerhouse Flood
  • Pinawa: Staffhouse
  • Pinawa: Townsite Housing
  • Pinawa: Aerial View During Operations
  • Pinawa: Fred Stark Pearson, Engineer 1905


References[edit]

Manitoba Hydro History and Timeline - Manitoba Hydro

Pinawa Construction

Historic Pinawa Generating Station Recognized as Engineering Milestone - IEEE Canada