AltaGas gets environmental go-ahead for BC energy plant

McLymont Creek hydroelectric facility will produce enough power for 95,00 homes in BC.

June 12, 2012   by The Canadian Press

CALGARY: AltaGas Ltd. has received an environmental assessment certificate for its proposed 66-mega watt (MW) McLymont Creek hydroelectric generation facility, the energy infrastructure company says.

Construction on project, the second of three collectively known as the Northwest Projects, is scheduled to start within the next 60 days subject to detailed provincial and federal authorizations and permits required for construction.

The McLymont Creek project is located near AltaGas’ 195- MW Forrest Kerr project, currently under construction, about 1,000 kilometres northwest of Vancouver.

The Forrest Kerr project is expected to be in service in mid-2014, followed by McLymont Creek, and by the proposed 16-MW Volcano Creek project, now undergoing a provincial environmental review, in late 2015.

The McLymont Creek project will capture the energy produced by the natural flow and elevation drop of the creek to produce clean, renewable power to BC Hydro under a 60-year electricity purchase agreement.

The project also has an impact benefit agreement in place with the Tahltan First Nation.

Once completed, the Northwest Projects will provide enough electricity for approximately 95,000 homes in British Columbia and will offset more than 780,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas annually.

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