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The Robert-Bourassa (formerly known as La Grande-2) is a hydroelectric power plant on the La Grande River that is part of Hydro-Québec's James Bay Project in Canada. The station can generate 5,616 MW and was commissioned in 1979-1981. Together with the adjacent La Grande-2-A generating station, it uses the reservoir and dam system of the Robert-Bourassa Reservoir to generate electricity. It is Canada's largest hydroelectric power station.
Initially known as La Grande-2, it was renamed after Robert Bourassa who, as Premier of Quebec (1970-1976 and 1985-1994) gave the James Bay Project a vital political impetus.
|Robert-Bourassa Generating Station|
Inside the powerhouse of the Robert-Bourassa facility
|Impounds||La Grande River|
|Hydraulic head||137.2 m (450 ft)|
|Discharge capacity of spillway||16,280 m3/s (574,923 cu ft/s)|
|Capacity||6,170,000,000 m3 (6.64×1010 sq ft)|
|Surface area||2,835 km2 (1,095 sq mi)|
|Power generation information|
|Turbines||16 × 351 MW (Francis turbine)|
|Installed capacity||5,616 MW|