Canadian agency takes input on 75-MW More Creek hydro project in B.C.

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency said Nov. 10 that it has commenced a federal environmental assessment for the 75-MW More Creek Hydroelectric Project in British Columbia.

The agency is inviting the public, until Dec. 11, to comment on which aspects of the environment may be affected by this project and what should be examined during the environmental assessment.

Alaska Hydro Corp., a British Columbia-based company, is proposing to construct and operate a 75-MW hydroelectric facility with reservoir storage, to be located approximately 130 kilometers north of Stewart in British Columbia, and 95 kilometers east of the Alaskan border. The project would be located on More Creek, which drains into the Iskut River and then the transboundary Stikine River.

As proposed, the More Creek Hydroelectric Project would generate approximately 348 gigawatt hours of electricity per year, and its reservoir storage area would cover approximately 2,680 hectares of the More Creek drainage area basin. The proposed project would include the construction and operation of a powerhouse and energy generation facilities, a transmission line, a water intake, dam and reservoir, concrete works, as well an access road and other construction related components.

Alaska Hydro is a renewable energy company that has a registered office in North Vancouver. It is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: AKH).

The project is located entirely over provincial Crown land within the Kitimat-Stikine Regional District. It is being proposed to achieve several key objectives: provide British Columbia electricity consumers with a long-term, reliable, cost effective supply of renewable electricity; provide benefits to First Nations; stimulate economic resource development in the region consistent with defined land management resource objectives; and contribute to achieving British Columbia’s goals set out in the Clean Energy Act and Green House Gas Reductions Target Act.

The project powerhouse facility will house three vertical axis Francis type turbines. The diverted water to power the facility will be discharged through the tailrace back into More Creek. Electricity generated will be transmitted to the Bob Quinn substation via a 13 kilometer transmission line.

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

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