Kettle Generating Station

Kettle Generating Station

Kettle is the second-largest generating station in Manitoba. It is located on the lower Nelson River, approximately 700 km northeast of the City of Winnipeg. It is six km downstream of the Town of Gillam near a Canadian National Railway Company's river crossing. Kettle is accessible by air, road, and rail. 

It is a run-of-river hydroelectric facility that runs with limited water storage. It consists of an intake structure, a 12-unit powerhouse, dams and dykes, and eight spillway gates. It can generate up to 1,252.8 MW or nearly enough energy to power 800,000 homes. Construction of the Kettle Generating Station began in the spring of 1966. The first turbine generator was commissioned in December 1970. Kettle began its operation in 1972. 


The forebay has a total area of 337 sq. km or 211 sq. miles and a fetch length of approximately 36 km or 23 miles.

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