Ontario Power Gen declares rebuilt hydro system to be in full operation

Northern Ontario’s largest hydroelectric project in 50 years is now fully in service, thanks to a unique partnership between the Moose Cree First Nation and Ontario Power Generation (OPG).

OPG said Jan. 19 that six new units on the Lower Mattagami River will add 438 MW of greenhouse gas-free electricity.

“I’ve visited the Lower Mattagami site and have a great appreciation of the size and scope of this project as well as the people who have brought the project in on time and on budget,” said Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Energy. “The Lower Mattagami Project will deliver long-term results for our electricity system while providing clean, reliable and affordable electricity for Ontarians.”

“The project has helped rejuvenate the Moose Cree community and given our economy amuch-needed boost,” said Moose Cree First Nation Chief Norm Hardisty Jr. “Many of our members will be able to use the training and new skills they developed to work on other infrastructure projects.”

“This one-of-a-kind success story illustrates the power of partnership, a shared vision and solid project management,” said OPG President and CEO Tom Mitchell. “I’m very proud of the many workers, contractors, our Moose Cree partners and OPG employees for their incredible efforts.”

The C$2.6bn Lower Mattagami Project involved redeveloping four of OPG’s existing hydro stations on the Mattagami River. The Smoky Falls station went into service in 1931, Little Long in 1963, Harmon in 1965, and Kipling in 1966. Smoky Falls was replaced with a new three-unit station built alongside the old station. A third unit was added to each of the other plants. As part of the of the Amisk-oo-Skow agreement, the Moose Cree First Nation will own a 25% equity stake in the project.

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