Coal Utility to Develop Hydro Facility in Canada

A major power utility in Alberta will develop a 10 megawatt hydro project in the neighbouring province of B.C.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, CA, 2001-06-11 [SolarAccess.com] A major power utility in Alberta will develop a 10 megawatt hydro project in the neighbouring province of B.C. EPCOR Power Development Corp will work with Global Cogenix Industrial Corp. in a joint venture agreement to develop and operate the run of river project at Log Creek, 200 km northeast of Vancouver. EPCOR will be responsible for completing the ‘design build phase in order to have construction start as soon as possible. The utility will also handle the permitting and licencing phases required by the B.C. Water Branch. The site will use the flow from Log Creek by diverting water into a 3 m concrete weir with a 3.5 km buried penstock and a head of 330 m. The mean annual flow is 3.3 m3/s. The output will be transmitted on a 13 km transmission line to BC Hydro’s grid, with the ability to deliver the power to the U.S. border. The project will cost C$12.5 million and is expected to be ready by late next year or early in 2003. The project will provide construction and permanent employment positions for local residents. GCI wants to develop five more hydro plants with a total capacity of 27 MW. EPCOR is owned by the City of Edmonton, and generates most of its electricity from coal and natural gas. It has become involved in a number of renewable energy projects using small hydro, landfill gas, wind and biomass.
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