Swift River Energy Ltd has announced its next steps at the site where a new green energy power plant is being built in Bala.
According to the company, January marked the start of the earthworks phase of the construction which is to continue on until the fall.
The company says rock excavation was underway this month at the intake channel where water enters the powerhouse and next they will be excavating the powerhouse location where the generator will reside.
Swift River has conducted property surveys for neighbours living within 200m of the project site, which documents the condition of properties prior to blasting. According to an update from the company, the surveys were conducted by an independent firm in January by engineers with vibration expertise and the company says its going above and beyond provincial regulatory requirements in commissioning the surveys.
Blasting is slated to begin in March and is expected to continue for 2-3 months. The blasting will allow for rock excavation and creation of the lower levels of the powerhouse.
In the meantinme, the Bala Boulder – the 10 ton rock uncovered at the site that’s being preserved due to the century old engravings found on it, will be the subject of a story in Acorn Magazine in Spring 2018.
Swift River says the original rock mound was part of the Canadian Shield and measures 25 feet wide, 20 feet deep and 8 feet high.
The full story of the individuals who etched their names in the Bala granite over a century ago is to be revealed in the story.