Bersimis-1 generating station

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The Bersimis-1 generating station is a dam and a hydroelectric power station built by Hydro-Québec in conjunction with Perini, Atlas and Cartier construction companies on the Betsiamites River, in Lac-au-Brochet, 85 km north of the town of Forestville, Quebec.wikipedia
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The Bersimis-1 generating station is a dam and a hydroelectric power station built by Hydro-Québec in conjunction with Perini, Atlas and Cartier construction companies on the Betsiamites River, in Lac-au-Brochet, 85 km north of the town of Forestville, Quebec.

Bersimis-2 generating station

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Bersimis-2 entered service in 1959.
Bersimis-2 was preceded by Bersimis-1, built 30 km upstream between 1953 and 1956.

Lac-au-Brochet, Quebec

Lac-au-Brochet
The Bersimis-1 generating station is a dam and a hydroelectric power station built by Hydro-Québec in conjunction with Perini, Atlas and Cartier construction companies on the Betsiamites River, in Lac-au-Brochet, 85 km north of the town of Forestville, Quebec.
Named after Napoléon-Alexandre Labrie, bishop of the Diocese of Golfe St-Laurent, it was established in the 1950s as a work camp to accommodate Hydro-Québec workers constructing the Bersimis-1 and Bersimis-2 generating stations.

Betsiamites River

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The Bersimis-1 generating station is a dam and a hydroelectric power station built by Hydro-Québec in conjunction with Perini, Atlas and Cartier construction companies on the Betsiamites River, in Lac-au-Brochet, 85 km north of the town of Forestville, Quebec.

Kenney Dam

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Both dams are similar in conception to the Kenney Dam built in 1952 by Alcan as part of their Kemano, British Columbia generating station.
The Bersimis-1 generating station, built between 1953 and 1956 by Hydro-Québec, shares many features with Alcan's project.

Pipmuacan Reservoir

Two rock-filled structures were built to create the 750 sqkm Pipmuacan Reservoir, increasing the surfaces of lakes Pipmuacan and Cassé: the first, 674 m long and 74 m high, is built between two mountains surrounding the Lac Cassé, the second, 315 m long, curtailed the release of water into the Desroches River.
The Pipmuacan Reservoir was formed in October 1953 when Hydro-Québec began construction on the dams and power plant of Bersimis-1.

Pierre Laporte

Reporter Pierre Laporte published a six-part series in Montreal's Le Devoir on the construction of Bersimis-1 in January 1954.
In 1954, Le Devoir ran a six-part series on problems during the construction of the Bersimis-1 generating station.

List of generating stations in Quebec

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History of Hydro-Québec

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The Bersimis-1 and Bersimis-2 generating stations were built between 1953 and 1959 and were widely considered to be a bench trial for the fledgling company.

Dam

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The Bersimis-1 generating station is a dam and a hydroelectric power station built by Hydro-Québec in conjunction with Perini, Atlas and Cartier construction companies on the Betsiamites River, in Lac-au-Brochet, 85 km north of the town of Forestville, Quebec. Two rock-filled structures were built to create the 750 sqkm Pipmuacan Reservoir, increasing the surfaces of lakes Pipmuacan and Cassé: the first, 674 m long and 74 m high, is built between two mountains surrounding the Lac Cassé, the second, 315 m long, curtailed the release of water into the Desroches River.

Hydroelectricity

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The Bersimis-1 generating station is a dam and a hydroelectric power station built by Hydro-Québec in conjunction with Perini, Atlas and Cartier construction companies on the Betsiamites River, in Lac-au-Brochet, 85 km north of the town of Forestville, Quebec.

Forestville, Quebec

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The Bersimis-1 generating station is a dam and a hydroelectric power station built by Hydro-Québec in conjunction with Perini, Atlas and Cartier construction companies on the Betsiamites River, in Lac-au-Brochet, 85 km north of the town of Forestville, Quebec.

Public utility

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It is the first plant ever built by Hydro-Québec and it has been described as a turning point in the history of electricity in province, paving the way for the takeover of all private utilities by the government-owned corporation in 1963.

State-owned enterprise

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It is the first plant ever built by Hydro-Québec and it has been described as a turning point in the history of electricity in province, paving the way for the takeover of all private utilities by the government-owned corporation in 1963.

Saguenay River

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The Betsiamites River, also known as the Bersimis, is located halfway between the Saguenay and Outardes rivers, on the north shore of the Saint Lawrence River, 300 km downstream from Quebec City.

Rivière aux Outardes

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The Betsiamites River, also known as the Bersimis, is located halfway between the Saguenay and Outardes rivers, on the north shore of the Saint Lawrence River, 300 km downstream from Quebec City.

Côte-Nord

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The Betsiamites River, also known as the Bersimis, is located halfway between the Saguenay and Outardes rivers, on the north shore of the Saint Lawrence River, 300 km downstream from Quebec City.

Saint Lawrence River

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The Betsiamites River, also known as the Bersimis, is located halfway between the Saguenay and Outardes rivers, on the north shore of the Saint Lawrence River, 300 km downstream from Quebec City.

Quebec City

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The Betsiamites River, also known as the Bersimis, is located halfway between the Saguenay and Outardes rivers, on the north shore of the Saint Lawrence River, 300 km downstream from Quebec City.

Innu

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With the exception of an Innu reserve at Betsiamites, at the mouth of the river, the area is scarcely populated.

Indian reserve

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With the exception of an Innu reserve at Betsiamites, at the mouth of the river, the area is scarcely populated.

Pessamit

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With the exception of an Innu reserve at Betsiamites, at the mouth of the river, the area is scarcely populated.

River delta

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With the exception of an Innu reserve at Betsiamites, at the mouth of the river, the area is scarcely populated.

Innu language

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The word Betsiamites or Pessamit is from the innu language and means "the assembly place of the lampreys".