Ontario Power Generation wraps up latest hydro rehab project

A new 67 MW-unit at the Little Long Generating Station is now in operation, ahead of schedule and on budget, said Ontario Power Generation on Jan. 21.

The Little Long Station is part of the Lower Mattagami Project. The project is a unique partnership between the Moose Cree First Nation and Ontario Power Generation (OPG).

“The Lower Mattagami Project is a historic project which is the result of a solid partnership between the Moose Cree First Nation and Ontario Power Generation,” said Moose Cree First Nation Chief Norm Hardisty Jr. “This project has changed the economic landscape of the Moose Cree First Nation and the surrounding area. It is environmentally sustainable and has created many economic opportunities, including hundreds of jobs for our citizens, as well as other Ontarians.”

“I’ve had the opportunity to see the Lower Mattagami site, first hand, and have a great appreciation of the size and scope of this project, as well as the people who brought the Little Long Generating Station in on time and on budget. The Lower Mattagami Project is supported by a long-term partnership with First Nations that will deliver long-term results for Ontario’s electricity system,” said Bob Chiarelli, the Canadian province’s Minister of Energy.

“This achievement is the result of OPG’s project management practices,” said OPG President and CEO Tom Mitchell. “These include up front planning, collaborating with partners and stakeholders to address issues, and careful execution and monitoring of results.”

The entire Lower Mattagami Project is tracking on schedule and on budget. By the time work is completed in 2015, the capacity of the Lower Mattagami hydro plants will have increased to 924 MW from 486 MW. At peak construction, the Lower Mattagami Project employed about 1,600 workers including more than 250 First Nation and Métis individuals.

The Lower Mattagami Project is located about 80 kilometers north of Kapuskasing. New units are being added at three existing generating stations. A new 267-MW station is being built at Smoky Falls to replace the existing 52-MW station that will be retired once the new station is operating.

The facilities, their prior MW ratings, the MWs being added, and final new ratings are:

  • Little Long, 138 MW before, 67 MW added, new rating 205 MW;
  • Harmon, 142 MW before, 78 MW added, 220 MW new rating;
  • Kipling, 154 MW before, 78 MW added, 232 MW new rating;
  • Smoky Falls, 52 MW before, 215 MW added, new rating of 267 MW.
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