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Chapter 15: Industry/Manufacturing

15.4: Chemical Plant and Thermal Electric Power Station East of Brandon

This photo is an extension eastward of Figure 15.3 at a slightly larger scale. In the southwest is the chemical plant seen in figure 15.3 1 with some slight differences; for example the square reservoir (#27 on figure 15.3) does not exist, but south of the plant is a reservoir 2 created by a dam 3. The reservoir empties eastward onto wasteland. Also different is the fact that part of the gravel pit in the northeast of 18,10,18WI is now flooded 4.

In the north the CPR line 5 crosses the eastward-flowing Assiniboine 6 with the Grand Valley Historical site (the original Brandon settlement) to the north 7. Downstream from the railway crossing is a weir 8 that holds back water for use in a thermal electric plant 9 to the south. This is one of two thermal plants in Manitoba—the other is in Selkirk—that act as backups, principally in winter, when the water flow through the large hydro plants in northern Manitoba is reduced. At the time the photo was taken, coal was the fuel used in the plant, but it now uses natural gas. The coal was brought in on a railway line 10 that passes south of a large dark-toned pile of coal 11. Trucks can be seen on this line 12. North of the coal pile is a building with three stacks 13. A conveyor 14 takes coal from the pile to this building. To the west are two areas of transformers 15 with a power line 16 leading west to another area of transformers 17. North of the main station is a lagoon 18 that holds wastewater before it is returned along a channel 19 to the Assiniboine 20.

The railway line continues east 21 and splits at 22 before running into a complex area of gravel pits in the northeast corner of 8, 10,18WI 23. Section 8,10,18WI appears to be occupied mainly by wasteland, but in the centre is a shelterbelt 24 that surrounds an abandoned farmhouse. In the south is a disused railway line 25.

Figure 15.4: Chemical Plant and Thermal Electric Power Station East of Brandon

Figure 15.4: Chemical Plant and Thermal Electric Power Station East of Brandon

Figure 15.4

Vertical air photograph: 7207-5

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Scale: 1:15,100 (approx.)

Date:

Location: Township 10, Range 18W1

Map sheets: 1:250,000 62G Brandon

                    1:50,000 62G/13 Brandon

                    1:25,000 62G/13d Brandon