Laforge-2 generating station

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Laforge-2 Generating Station
Centrale hydroélectrique Laforge-2.jpg
Official name Centrale Laforge-2
Location Baie-James, Quebec, Canada
Coordinates 54°35′20″N 71°16′50″W / 54.58889°N 71.28056°W / 54.58889; -71.28056Coordinates: 54°35′20″N 71°16′50″W / 54.58889°N 71.28056°W / 54.58889; -71.28056
Opening date 1996
Owner(s) Hydro-Québec
Dam and spillways
Impounds Laforge River
Spillway capacity 2,350 m3/s (82,989 cu ft/s)
Reservoir
Creates Laforge-2 Reservoir
Surface area 260 km2 (100 sq mi)
Power station
Hydraulic head 27.4 m (90 ft)
Turbines 2 × 159.5 MW (Kaplan turbine)
Installed capacity 319 MW
Hydro-Québec, The La Grande Complex visitor booklet, 2004, ISBN 2-550-41276-1

The Laforge-2 is a hydroelectric generating station on the Laforge River, a tributary of the La Grande River, and is part of Hydro-Québec's James Bay Project. The station can generate 319 MW and was commissioned in 1996. It is considered a "run of the river" generating station since the Laforge-2 Reservoir is located much farther upstream. Together with La Grande-1, they are the only two generating stations of the James Bay Project that use a reservoir without any major waterlevel fluctuations. Thus, the amount of electricity generated by the station depends almost entirely on the waterflow of the river, which is largely controlled by upstream reservoirs and generating stations.

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