Peter Sutherland Sr. Generating Station
OPG and Coral Rapids Power Corporation, a company wholly owned by Taykwa Tagamou Nation, are equity partners in a 28 megawatt hydroelectric power station on the Abitibi River. The Peter Sutherland Sr. Generating Station is located about 75 km north of the Town of Smooth Rock Falls, and provides enough renewable electricity to power up to 28,000 homes.
Named after a respected community elder, the new station uses a portion of the water flowing down New Post Creek by transporting water 250 metres from the intake via a penstock (large pipe) on the Abitibi River. The remaining water continues to flow over the falls to restore its original beauty.
More than 200 people worked on this clean power project, including 39 Indigenous individuals. In addition, Indigenous contractors supplied $30 million dollars worth of goods and services to the project.
The $300 million dollar construction project was completed in March 2017 on budget and ahead of schedule, and without any lost time incidents.