OPG and Coral Rapids Power, a company wholly owned by Taykwa Tagamou Nation, are partners in building a new 28 megawatt hydroelectric generating station on the Abitibi River. The Peter Sutherland Sr. GS project, located about 90 km north of the Town of Smooth Rock, is expected to employee 220 workers during peak construction.
The development will use a portion of the water flowing down New Post Creek to generate electricity by transporting water 250 metres from the intake via a penstock (large pipe) to the station on the Abitibi River. The remaining water will continue to flow over the falls to restore its original beauty.
“This project will provide clean, reliable, affordable power while benefitting the local and regional economies,” says Ontario Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli.
The project is expected to be completed in 2018, and will provide enough renewable electricity to power up to 25,000 homes.
The new station is named in honour of the late Peter Sutherland Sr., a respected community elder.
Activities associated with the new station will include improvements to existing access roads and the creation of a temporary construction site. The installation of a seven km transmission line will also be required, and will connect to an existing Hydro One 115 kilovolt transmission line on the west side of the Abitibi River.
The Peter Sutherland Sr. Generating Station project was assessed under the provincial Environmental Assessment (EA) Act and was subject to the Class EA for Waterpower Projects as a new project on a managed waterway.