Canadian agency readies review of SaskPower hydro project

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency said May 1 that it is making available funding to support public participation in the federal environmental assessment of the Tazi Twe Hydroelectric Project in Saskatchewan.

Funding will be provided to eligible individuals and groups to enable their participation in the environmental assessment process, such as consultation related to the Environmental Impact Statement and on the draft Environmental Assessment Report.

Applications received by May 31 will be considered. Recipients will be announced at a later date.

Black Lake First Nation and Saskatchewan Power are proposing the construction and operation of a 42 MW to 50 MW water diversion type generating station at Elizabeth Falls. The proposed project would be located adjacent to the Fond du Lac River between Black Lake and Middle Lake, on Black Lake First Nation Reserve lands in northern Saskatchewan.

The proposed project would involve the construction and operation of a water intake, a power tunnel, a powerhouse, a tail race, a submerged weir, a construction camp, a bridge, and access roads. This project was formerly known as the Elizabeth Falls Hydroelectric Project.

In a project description filed with regulators last December under the original Elizabeth Falls project name, SaskPower said that if the project is given regulatory approval, the major project phases and their estimated timelines include:

  • Construction – September 2014 to December 2017; and
  • Operations – January 2018 to approximately January 2118.
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