AltaGas almost ready to start producing power at B.C. hydro project

AltaGas Ltd. (TSX:ALA) (TSX:ALA.PR.A) (TSX:ALA.PR.U) (TSX:ALA.PR.E) has started the waterflow at its 195-MW Forrest Kerr run-of-river hydroelectric facility in British Columbia.

AltaGas said April 28 that it expects to start generating power in mid-2014 subject to the availability of the Northwest Transmission Line (NTL).

“We are very close to starting up our Forrest Kerr facility and providing clean energy to the BC electricity grid,” said David Cornhill, Chairman and CEO of AltaGas. “The contribution from our dedicated staff, the Tahltan First Nation and our contractors during the past four years of construction has been nothing short of phenomenal.”

The weir, in-take structure, de-sanding area and radial gate control valve have been commissioned. As part of the final commissioning work, water will fill the power tunnel gradually over a seven-day period in preparation for testing of the turbines and supporting auxiliary systems. Once the NTL is available, Forrest Kerr will be tied into a transmission line.

Said the company website: “AltaGas has three run-of-river hydroelectric projects that are currently under construction in northwestern B.C. Collectively known as the Northwest Projects, Forrest Kerr (195 MW), McLymont Creek (66 MW) and Volcano Creek (16 MW) are supported by Electricity Purchase Agreements with BC Hydro and Impact Benefit Agreements with the Tahltan Nation.” The website said the latter two projects are expected to be in operation in November of this year.

AltaGas is an energy infrastructure business with a focus on natural gas, power and regulated utilities.

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