Canadian regulators review 695-MW hydro project

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency is taking public comment until March 28 as part of its comprehensive study environmental assessment of the proposed Keeyask Generation Project, a 695-MW hydroelectric facility to be located in Manitoba.

The public is invited to comment on the draft environmental impact statement (EIS) guidelines that identify potential environmental effects to be addressed and information that needs to be included in the proponent’s EIS, the agency said. Public comments received will be reviewed and considered before the document is finalized and issued to the proponent.

The Keeyask Hydropower Limited Partnership proposes the construction, operation and decommissioning of the Keeyask project, to be located on the lower Nelson River, approximately 180 kilometers northeast of Thompson. The project includes a powerhouse complex, spillway, dams, dykes, reservoir, and supporting infrastructure.

“Development of Keeyask is a collaborative effort between Manitoba Hydro and four Manitoba First Nations – Tataskweyak, York Factory, Fox Lake and War Lake – working together as the Keeyask Hydropower Limited Partnership (KHLP),” said the project website.

KHLP is moving forward to complete the regulatory review and licensing processes for the Keeyask Generating Station, including finalization of the environmental impact assessment, the website added. Construction of the generating station is projected to commence in early 2014 upon completion of these regulatory processes. The plant could begin transmitting power in 2019.

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