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BC Hydro spending $1.2B to buy full stake in Trail, B.C. dam

The Waneta Dam, which powers Teck Resources' smelter in Trail, B.C., was originally expected to be sold to utility firm Fortis


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The dam powers mining company Teck’s smelting operation in Trail, B.C. PHOTO: BC Hydro

VANCOUVER—BC Hydro says it plans to spend $1.2 billion to gain complete ownership of a dam and generating station in Trail, B.C.

The company says in a release that it will purchase a two-thirds interest in the Waneta Dam from Teck Resources Limited to help keep electricity rates affordable for customers.

The deal includes a 20-year lease agreement where electricity generated at the dam by the two-thirds interest will supply power to Teck’s smelter in Trail.

BC Hydro bought a one-third share of the dam in 2010 in a deal that included the right of first offer on any remaining interest in the dam.

Teck previously announced a deal with Fortis Inc. to buy the outstanding interest, and the mining company says in a release that it expects to pay a fee of about $28 million for cancelling that agreement.

The deal between BC Hydro and Teck is subject to a number of conditions, including approval by the BC Utilities Commission.


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