British Columbia agency drops review of 161-MW Upper Pitt hydro project

Due to lack of forward progress, the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office said May 30 that it has dropped a 161-MW hydro project out of its environmental review process.

A project contact is: Richard Hopp, President and CEO, Run of River Power Inc., 203-4840 Delta St., Delta, BC V4K 2T6, info@runofriverpower.com.

In a May 18 letter to Hopp, an EAO official said: “I am writing with respect to the Environmental Assessment (EA) of Upper Pitt River Water Power Project (Project). As stated in the letter sent to you dated April 25, 2016, the Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) considers the fact that you have not replied to previous correspondence as indication that you do not wish to proceed with the EA for the Project. As we did not hear from you by the May 16, 2016 deadline, the Project has been withdrawn from the EA.”

Northwest Cascade Power Ltd., a subsidiary of Run of River Power, initiated the EA review process in 2007, with little done during that process since then.

The proposed project consisted of seven run-of-the-river water power projects with a combined capacity of 161 MW. Electricity generated by the seven projects was to be interconnected through a common substation and transferred to the BCTC electrical grid via a 138 kV or 230 kV transmission line. The power was to be sold into the electricity market, primarily to BC Hydro. The project streams are adjacent tributaries to the Upper Pitt River, located approximately 35 kilometers north of Pitt Meadows in Area F of the Fraser Valley Regional District.

A February 2007 description offered by the company said the seven projects will require approximately C$330 million capital investment and were expected to be constructed sequentially during the 2009-2015 period.

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