Power Dam cel­e­brates 60th an­niver­sary

Seaway News - - Opinion - NICK SEEBRUCH ni­cholas.seebruch@tc.tc

CORN­WALL, On­tario – Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from On­tario Power Gen­er­a­tion (OPG) and New York Power Au­thor­ity (NYPA) met at the mon­u­ment at the cen­tre of the Saun­ders-moses Power Dam to com­mem­o­rate the 60th an­niver­sary of the com­ple­tion of the project.

NYPA Pres­i­dent and CEO Gil Quin­iones spoke of the sym­bol­ism of the dam.

“This dam sym­bol­izes a power greater than elec­tri­cal gen­er­a­tion and that’s co­op­er­a­tion between two great na­tions,” he said.

OPG Board Chair Bernard Lord took the time to point out the strate­gic im­por­tance and his­tory of the dam.

“Dur­ing the 2003 black out, the Mos­esSaun­ders Dam was one of the few sites that stayed in op­er­a­tion,” he said. “Robert H. Saun­ders fought tire­lessly to en­sure On­tario had the power it needed af­ter World War II.”

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives through­out the cer­e­mony spoke of the co­op­er­a­tion between two men, R.H. Saun­ders of Canada and Robert Moses of New York, that made the St. Lawrence Power Project a re­al­ity.

“To­day we are cel­e­brat­ing the power of part­ner­ship,” said OPG Pres­i­dent and CEO Jeff Lyash. “The power that was launched with a sim­ple hand­shake. We share the wa­ter of the St. Lawrence and the clean and re­li­able power it yields.”

Joseph Kessler of the NYPA and Mike Martelli of OPG signed a new Joint Works Agree­ment to close out the cer­e­mony.

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