Alaska Hydro pursues Canadian review of 75-MW More Creek Hydro project

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency on Sept. 26 went out for comment on whether a federal environmental assessment is required for the 75-MW More Creek Hydroelectric Project, to be located approximately 130 kilometers north of Stewart, British Columbia.

As a next step, the agency will post a decision on its website stating whether an environmental assessment is required. If one is required, the public will have three more opportunities to comment on the project. Written comments must be submitted by Oct. 17.

Alaska Hydro Corp. (AHC) proposes to develop the More Creek Hydroelectric Project as a 75-MW facility with reservoir storage. The proposed reservoir storage would inundate (flood) an area of approximately 2,104 hectares extending 20 kilometers upstream from the project intake and create a reservoir with a total surface area of 2,680 hectares.

AHC is a renewable energy company and has a registered office in North Vancouver. The company is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange as (TSX: AKH).

The project site is located approximately 985 kilometers northwest of Vancouver, 130 kilometers north of the town of Stewart in northwestern British Columbia and 95 kilometers east from the border of British Columbia and Alaska. The project is located entirely over provincial Crown land within the Kitimat-Stikine Regional District.

The proposed project would assist BC Hydro in meeting future energy demands and/or supply local resource sectors with a clean, renewable, on-demand source of energy, said the company. One distinct advantage to the proposed project is that it would help meet the demands of energy peaking in this Canadian province; whereby, the reservoir/storage capacity of the project would allow project operations to increase or decrease to match energy consumer demands.

The nameplate capacity of the hydroelectric facility is anticipated to be 75 MW with an average annual energy output of 348 GW-hr.  The hydroelectric operation will be based on conventional technology whereby water is diverted from the reservoir at the intake dam through the power tunnel/ penstock to the turbines at the powerhouse facility. The project powerhouse will house three vertical axis Francis type turbines. The diverted water will then be discharged through the tailrace back into More Creek. Electricity generated at the facility will be transmitted to the Bob Quinn substation via a 13-kilometer transmission line.

A project contact is: Alaska Hydro, Cliff Grandison, President, grandiso@telus.net, phone (604) 929-3691, http://www.alaskahydro.com.

The company agent is: Lily Kotzeva, Sigma Engineering Ltd., 604.688.8271 ext 388, lkotzeva@synex.com.

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