Project Development

The New Post Creek project team has worked closely with provincial ministries to complete the unique permitting requirements for the proposed project site. In 1985, the New Post Creek, and a large portion of the Little Abitibi River, were designated as a non-operating Ontario Provincial Waterway Park. In order to proceed with the New Post Creek project, a small portion of the Park was deregulated, and new lands were added to the park to replace the area removed. TTN, in collaboration with Parks Ontario and OMNR, has helped to identify potential lands that will replace those lands deregulated for this project. The lands identified will increase the overall ecological integrity and size of this park.

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Map of the proposed project area.

Coral Rapids Power has met with various federal funding agencies and Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) who provided support for some of the early stage environmental and engineering work through the ecoEnergy program. AANDC, through the Major Projects and Investment Fund, also contributed funding for additional engineering and environmental assessment work.

Following baseline environmental studies and engineering assessments, the project team commenced the Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) for Waterpower Projects in November 2011. This process was coordinated with Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources’s Little Abitibi Provincial Park management statement amendment, its Class Environmental Assessment for Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves, and the Crown Land Use Policy Atlas amendment to propose the deregulation of the lands required for the project.

The EA process is now complete, and the Notice of Completion was issued in November 2013. With the EA approval received, and the engineering work and other internal approvals received (from TTN and OPG), the project has moved to Execution Phase. During the Execution Phase (or sometimes known as Construction Phase), engineering drawings and plans are finalized, and other non-EA approvals are obtained. These typically include permits from government authorities such as the Ministry of Natural Resource (MNR) and the Ministry of Environment (MOE). Other permits and approvals include but are not limited to Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), Hydro One, and the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) permits. The project began construction in late 2014 and is anticipated to begin generating electricity in 2017.

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