Kwagis Power amending its British Columbia hydro project approval

The British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office is going out for comment on a request by Kwagis Power Limited Partnership to amend the November 2011 environmental assessment certificate for its 45-MW run-of-river hydro project.

This facility would be located on the Kokish River, about 15 kilometers east of Port McNeill. The amendment request, offered on Feb. 25, seeks approval to adjust the maximum diversion flow rate of the water outside the sensitive period for fish migration (October 16 through June 15 of any given year).

The EAO plans an open house to be held in Port McNeill on July 4. The comment period will begin on June 20 and end at midnight on July 20.

This is called the Kokish River Hydroelectric Project and the estimated pricetag is about C$200m. Kwagis Power Limited Partnership consists of Brookfield Renewable Power and ‘Namgis First Nation, said the province when it first announced the 2011 project approval. Once completed, the project will produce up to 45 MW of electricity and will involve the diversion of water into a nine kilometer-long penstock pipe constructed under and beside existing roads to a powerhouse downstream of the Telegraph Cove Road bridge.

A 500-meter transmission line will deliver power from the project to the BC Hydro grid. Kwagis Power has an Electricity Purchase Agreement with BC Hydro to deliver power to the BC Hydro grid by April 2014.

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