OPG begins work on $300M hydro project in northern Ontario
28 megawatt generating station to create 220 jobs at peak
COCHRANE, Ont.—Ontario Power Generation and Coral Rapids Power, a company owned by Taykwa Tagamou Nation, have begun work on a new 28 megawatt hydroelectric generating station approximately 90 kilometers north of Smooth Rock Falls in northern Ontario. Ontario’s largest clean energy producer said the $300 million project is expected to employ 220 workers at peak and be completed in 2018.
“Just over two years ago we committed to move forward with this project and today I’m pleased to announce the start of construction,” Ontario Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli, said. “This project will provide clean, reliable, affordable power while benefitting the local and regional economies.”
The project is designed to use a portion of the water flowing down New Post Creek to generate electricity by transporting water 250 meters from the intake to the power house on the Abitibi River. The remaining water will continue to flow over the falls to maintain its natural appearance.
The new hydro plant will be named in honour of Peter Sutherland, and provide clean, reliable hydroelectric power to up to 25,000 homes.
“We are excited to partner with OPG on this project,” TTN Chief Dwight Sutherland, said. “OPG has a proven track record partnering with First Nation communities. We wanted to work with them on this project which will provide lasting economic opportunities for the people of Taykwa Tagamou Nation, for this generation and many to follow.”