Canadian Spotlight

New unit generating power at Lower Mattagami project

A new 78-MW hydropower unit at the Harmon Generating Station is now in operation, ahead of schedule and on budget, said Ontario Power Generation (OPG) on June 20.

This new unit is part of the Lower Mattagami Project, which is a unique partnership between the Moose Cree First Nation and OPG. Moose Cree First Nation Chief Norm Hardisty Jr. said: “The completion of the new generating unit at Harmon hydroelectric station is a testimony to the power of partnership.”

OPG Chief Executive Officer Tom Mitchell said: “As a public power company, OPG is committed to serving Ontario. This includes managing and delivering our projects at high levels of professionalism and excellence. Safely completing the Harmon Generating Station, on time and on budget demonstrates that OPG and our partners, the Moose Cree First Nation, are meeting this goal.”

In total, Harmon and the recently completed Little Long station have added 145 MW of hydropower to Ontario’s supply. The entire Lower Mattagami Project is tracking on schedule and on budget. By the time work is complete in 2015, the capacity of the Lower Mattagami plants will have increased from 486 MW to 924 MW.

The Moose Cree First Nation now has a 25% equity interest in the new units at Little Long and Harmon. As additional units come on line, the Moose Cree First Nation will have a 25% equity interest in those projects, as well.

New units are being added at three existing generating stations. A new 267-MW station is being built at Smoky Falls to replace the existing 52-MW station that will be retired once the new station is operating.

The facilities and their pre and post-project capacities are: Little Long, 138 MW before, 205 MW after (now complete); Harmon, 142 MW before, 220 MW after (now complete); Kipling, 154 MW before, 232 MW after; and Smoky Falls, 52 MW before, 267 MW after.

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Boralex commissions 22-MW Jamie Creek hydropower plant

Renewable energy developer Boralex has commissioned its 22-MW Jamie Creek hydroelectric plant.

Located near Gold Bridge, British Columbia, the run-of-river plant is the company’s first high-head project. The facility features two water intakes, consisting of a bypass line longer than 1.1 km and a penstock pipe of more than 2.6 km that supply two Pelton turbines.

“After a year of construction, we’re proud of the newest addition to our asset portfolio,” Boralex president and CEO Patrick Lemaire said. “Boralex has over 20 years’ experience building and operating hydroelectric assets, which it leveraged to complete this project and will continue leveraging over the assets lifetime.”

Power generated at Jamie Creek will be sold under a 40-yeaer contract to BC Hydro. The utility also has rights to a 20-year renewal period.

Boralex acquired the project from Sequoia Energy Inc. in August, and the developer reaffirmed in November 2012 that hydropower remains an important asset for the company.

“The commissioning of Jamie Creek is a perfect fit with our growth strategy aimed primarily at hydroelectric and wind power assets covered by long-term contracts,” Lemaire said. “It also expands our footprint in British Columbia, where Boralex now has 36.5 MW of hydroelectric power and is actively pursuing development efforts.”

Consortium selected to construct 695-MW Keeyask plant

A team led by engineering firm Bechtel has been awarded a US$1.25 billion contract from Manitoba Hydro to construct the 695-MW Keeyask plant.

The consortium – BBE Hydro Constructors Limited Partnership – includes Bechtel, Barnard Construction and EllisDon. The group could begin work on the plant by the end of the year, with Keeyask generating power in 2019. Completion is targeted for 2020.

“Every one of these companies is a leader in their field, and as a group we think they offer real value to the Keeyask Hydropower Limited Partnership and Manitoba Hydro in terms of ensuring that this project is completed safely – as well as on time and on budget,” Manitoba Hydro Vice President Bruce Barrett said.

Keeyask is being developed in partnership with Tatskweyak, Fox Lake, War Lake and York Factory first nations groups along the Lower Nelson River in Manitoba.

BBE will be responsible for building a seven-unit powerhouse, as well as rock excavation, electrical and mechanical work, and the construction and removal of temporary cofferdams.

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