Mecan-Hydro have been recently selected by Saskpower to design, supply, deliver and install  two new stop log cranes. One each for the Main Dam and A-Dam at the Island Falls Hydro Station.

Island Falls hydroelectric power station is located on the Churchill River, in Saskatchewan, and was the first hydroelectric power plant in Saskatchewan. It was built between 1928 and 1930 by the Churchill River Power Company, a subsidiary of Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting, to provide electricity for the HBM&S mining operations at Flin Flon and Cold Lake, Manitoba. It has an installed capacity of 111MW.

Two new log lifters have been designed, delivered, and installed for the Main Dam and A-Dam at the Island Falls Hydro Station. These machines are designed to travel and lift logs from spillways, store them on the dam deck, and place them in other spillways to control water flow. The Log Lifter at A-Dam travels 305 meters to reach all 46 gate slots, as well as a run out on the East end of the dam for crane storage. The Log Lifter at Main Dam travels 71 meters to reach spillways 2 to 13. Each crane moves along the dams with power from electric plugs spaced along both dams as well as on propane power from the generator mounted on the gantry.

The Machine’s total weight is 33,000 kg and the rated lifting capacity is 15,000 kg (maximum asymmetric lift) and the traveling capacity is 2,500 kg. Main electrical power: 575V, 3Ø, 6 Hz with a 50 kW propane generator backup power.


  • Electric Rack and Pinion Log Lifter
  • Propane generator included
  • Wireless Control Station
  • Control Panel
  • Concrete and steel Stoplogs
  • Lifting capacity: 15 000 kg
  • Push capacity: 15 000 kg
  • Lifting stroke: 10m
  • Carriage displacement: 0-17 m/min
  • Boom up & Down: 3.5 m/min
  • Upstream/downstream speed: 0-8 m/min