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Peter Sutherland Sr. Generating Station

Peter Sutherland Sr. Generating Station

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An aerial view of Peter Sutherland Sr. Generating Station

​DRAINAGE BASIN:  Hudson/James Bay
RIVER: New Post Creek
NEAREST POPULATION CENTRE: Smooth Rock Falls (75 km south)
IN SERVICE DATE:
UNIT 1 - March 31, 2017
UNIT 2 - March 31, 2017
BUILT BY: Ontario Power Generation & Coral Rapids Power (wholly owned by Taykwa Tagamou Nation)
NUMBER OF UNITS: 2
CAPACITY:  28 MW

Peter Sutherland Sr. Generating Station (GS) is a 28 megawatt (MW) hydroelectric generation facility on New Post Creek, about 75 km north of Smooth Rock Falls near the junction of New Post Creek and the Abitibi River in Northeastern Ontario. The station is operated remotely out of OPG’s control room in Timmins and produces enough electricity to power about 28,000 homes each year.

Construction of Peter Sutherland Sr. GS, which was safety completed in spring 2017 on budget and ahead of schedule, involved a partnership between Taykwa Tagamou Nation (TTN) and OPG. The station, named for a respected TTN community elder who passed away in 1998, is located within the traditional territory of TTN and the First Nation is an equity partner in the station.

An intake on New Post Creek draws a portion of the river’s water and conveys it via penstock (pipe) 250 meters to the station power house on the Abitibi River. The remaining water flows over New Post Falls to maintain its beauty.

As with the operations at all of our generating stations, OPG is considerate of the environment and other users of the waterways. Our technicians manage water levels and flows according to approved water management plans. The amount of water available for generation depends on environmental needs, minimum and maximum water level requirements, and precipitation.

Peter Sutherland Sr. GS generates clean, renewable electricity 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and is part of OPG’s clean energy portfolio which is more than 99 per cent free of greenhouse gas and smog emissions.