Grand Opening Celebration!
The Peter Sutherland Sr. Generating Station held a grand opening ceremony on August 24th, 2017. Below is the press release prepared by Ontario Power Generation:
Today, Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and Taykwa Tagamou Nation (TTN) celebrated the official opening of the Peter Sutherland Sr. Generating Station (GS), Ontario’s newest source of clean, reliable, low cost electricity. The project was completed this spring, on budget and ahead of schedule, and is a partnership between OPG and Coral Rapids Power, a company wholly owned by TTN.
“Ontario’s newest waterpower generation station is yet another example of our government’s commitment to building a clean, reliable and affordable electricity system,” says Ontario Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault. “This project is not only supporting a healthier environment and cleaner air for many years to come, but it has provided meaningful economic benefits to the Taykwa Tagamou First Nation through its partnership with OPG.”
Located about 80 kilometres north of Smooth Rock Falls, the Peter Sutherland Sr. GS is named after a respected community elder. The two-unit station provides 28 megawatts to the provincial grid, which is enough to power about 25,000 homes. More than 200 people worked on this clean power project, including close to 50 Indigenous people. In addition, Indigenous contractors supplied $50 million dollars worth of goods and services to the project.
“Our partnership with OPG is strong due to the relationship we’ve built on a foundation of respect and trust,” said Coral Rapids Power President Wayne Ross. “Our community members have gained a long term revenue stream and transferable skills that our members will use on other infrastructure projects.”
“The Peter Sutherland Sr. Generating Station is the latest example of OPG’s commitment to working closely in partnership with First Nations communities,” said Jeff Lyash, OPG President and CEO. “This station will generate clean, reliable energy for Ontarians for many years to come while providing revenue to the local community.”
OPG generates safe, clean, reliable, low-cost power for Ontario. More than 99 per cent of this power is free of smog and carbon emissions. OPG’s power is priced 40 per cent lower than other generators, which helps moderate customer bills.
PETER SUTHERLAND SR. GENERATING STATION
Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and Coral Rapids Power’s (CRP) Peter Sutherland Sr. Generating Station (GS) is Ontario’s newest hydroelectric generating asset providing clean, renewable electricity for the province. The station can provide enough electricity to power about 25,000 homes each day. It provides safe, reliable power with no greenhouse gas emissions, helping Canada meet its climate change targets.
· Greenfield development of a 28-megawatt hydroelectric generation facility on New Post Creek, located within the traditional territory of Taykwa Tagamou Nation (TTN). The station is located about 80 km north of Smooth Rock Falls near the junction of New Post Creek and the Abitibi River.
· The project was undertaken by the Peter Sutherland Sr. GS Limited Partnership between CRP and OPG. CRP is a company wholly owned by TTN.
· The station is named after a respected TTN community elder, Peter Sutherland Sr.
· The project was executed safely with no lost time incidents.
· The $300 million project employed about 220 workers at peak.
· The partnership has resulted in more than $50 million in contracts for TTN businesses and about 50 TTN members worked on the project.
· The turbines use a portion of the water flowing down New Post Creek to generate electricity by moving water 250 metres through a penstock to the power house on the Abitibi River. The remaining water will continue to flow over the falls to maintain its natural beauty.
· The project team installed two turbines, a steel penstock, a 340 metre long open channel, a spillway dam and a seven kilometre transmission line.
Approximately 60 per cent of the total labour requirement for the on-site work was met by the northern Ontario labour market.
Spring 2017 Newsletter now available!
The latest New Post Creek Project newsletter is now available. You can view and download a copy on the Newsletter page, and printed copies are available from Wayne Ross. This newsletter includes lots of pictures of the construction process and the completed project, check it out!
The Peter Sutherland Sr. Generating Station is now commissioned. This means that all of the major components of the project are operating as planned and the project is ready to generate renewable zero emission electricity, and revenue for the project owners. This is a major accomplishment, and was completed ahead of schedule and below budget.
The last few months have seen substantial work to achieve this advanced schedule, and overall each step of the process has gone smoothly.
The head pond on New Post Creek has been filled with water, the penstock to carry water from New Post Creek to the generating station were tested and water is now flowing through the generators. Additional fish habitat was created on the Abitibi River and final permits and approvals have been received for all items. In addition, the project was completed without a single lost time incident; an impressive safety record due to the efforts of all involved in the project.
Taykwa Tagamou Nation members were workers on the project and partners on a number of major contracts worth more than $50 million, and combined with a number of training opportunities, many members have gained new skills and capacity. As important is the long term revenues that TTN will earn from its equity share in this project, a source of revenue for decades into the future, and an ownership share of a major hydroelectric generating station in TTN’s Traditional Territory.
The project team will be hosting open house at TTN and in Moosonee in May (final date to be announced later). Watch for our upcoming final project newsletter later this spring!
The Taykwa Tagamou Nation (TTN) has now released a Consultation Protocol. The new Consultation Protocol outlines how meaningful consultation on development projects and decisions can take place between the Taykwa Tagamou Nation (TTN), the Crown, and proponents. To view the Protocol, please visit the TTN website.
Coral Rapids Power is a company wholly owned by the Taykwa Tagamou Nation. Coral Rapids Power has been given a mandate to explore and develop hydroelectric opportunities within the Traditional Territory of the Taykwa Tagamou Nation. At this time, Coral Rapids Power has entered into a Partnership with Ontario Power Generation Inc. for the purpose of planning, constructing and operating an approximately 28 MW run of the river hydroelectric generation facility on New Post Creek.
This project will help Ontario meet its goals of increasing its supply of electricity generated by renewable sources. According to the Ontario Power Authority, Ontario plans to increase its supply of hydroelectric power from 7,800 MW by almost 40% by 2025, which will require significant investments in many new projects.
This project also provides the Taykwa Tagamou Nation with a long term investment opportunity for a sustainable economic base for the community, and will provide spin off benefits for the entire region. Coral Rapids Power will also pursue other hydroelectric projects in the Traditional Territory of the Taykwa Tagamou Nation.